Happiness is a fulfillment of my hopes and aims.
Happiness is mediated by my nervous system,
which has to do with
eating, contentment, resting, placidity.
Joy is mediated by the opposing system,
which does not make me want to eat,
but stimulates me for exploration.
Happiness relaxes me;
Joy challenges me with new levels of experience.
Happiness depends generally on my outer state;
joy is an overflowing of my inner energies
and leads me to awe and wonderment.
Joy is a release,
an opening up;
it is what comes when I am able genuinely to let go.
Happiness is associated with contentment;
Joy with freedom and an abundance of human spirit.
Joy is new possibilities;
it points toward the future.
Joy is living on the razor’s edge;
happiness promises satisfaction of my present state,
a fulfillment of old longings.
Joy is the thrill of new things to explore;
it is an unfolding of life.
Happiness is related to security,
to being reassured,
to doing things as I is used to do them.
Joy is a revelation of what was unknown before.
Happiness often ends up in a placidity
on the edge of boredom.
Happiness is success.
But joy is stimulating,
it is the discovery of new feelings
emerging within me.
Happiness is the absence of discord;
joy is the welcoming of discord
as the basis of higher harmonies.
Happiness is finding a system of rules
which solves my problems;
joy is taking the risk
that is necessary to break new frontiers.
Joy follows rightly confronted despair.
Joy is the experience of possibility,
the consciousness of my freedom
as I confront my destiny.
In this sense, despair,
when it is directly faced,
can lead to joy.
the one thing left is possibility.
We all stand on the edge of life,
each moment comprising that edge.
Before us is only possibility.
The future is open.