As we continue through the month at Path of Positivity, we are rejoicing! Grab a cup of coffee, tea, cocoa as I take you through my exploration of this word...REJOICE!
Rejoice...we hear it in the old Christmas carols, we read it in the Bible, and yet I seldom really think about what it means! For me my first thought when I hear the word 'rejoice' is the carol I talked about in this post at the beginning of the month. But what does the word rejoice really mean?
I challenged myself to think about the origin of this French word. Here is what I found: Middle English (in the sense ‘cause joy to’): from Old French rejoiss-, lengthened stem of rejoir, from re- (expressing intensive force) + joir ‘experience joy’.
Interesting! Now, my next thought is this: What is the difference between joy and happiness? Off to find an origin/definition for happy.
Happy: Middle English (in the sense ‘lucky’): from the noun hap1 + -y1.
Definition: feeling or showing pleasure or contentment * fortunate and convenient * INFORMAL inclined to use a specified thing excessively or at random.
Now this is where it got interesting for me! There really is a huge difference between feeling joy and happiness even though I often interchange these words quite freely!
I found the comparison of these words on Diffen fascinating as I researched and pondered these feelings/words. It seems the difference I see over and over is happiness is temporary and based on outward influences, whereas joy is lasting and comes from peace and inward circumstances.
I saw this quote from J.D. Salinger, the author of Catcher in the Rye, "The fact is always obvious much too late, but the most singular difference between happiness and joy is that happiness is a solid and joy a liquid."
Now, how do I apply this to my life right now?
How do I rejoice when life seems so difficult currently? Maybe through prayer/meditation of acceptance and giving thanks for what I do have instead of spending time pondering what I am missing. These difficult times will not last forever and in that I find comfort and joy!
Wishing you all great joy during this holiday season!
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Sharing with these challenges/pages:
Through the Purple Haze: Holiday - Make It Blue
Moving Along with the Times: Winter Holidays are usually spent with family and friends drinking hot coffee and cocoa by the fire! Lots of smiles and family time!
Jan's Digis: AG
Colour Crazy: AG hand colored
Christmas Craft Creations: Winter Blues (Nothing says winter like hot chocolate in a winter mug!)
Crafty Creations: AG
Sisterhood of Crafters: AG Christmas/Winter
International Art & Soul: AG with a Bow
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