the illusion of happiness versus joy

daisyIn our garden there are daisies.

In my neighbor’s garden you will find Bellis Perennis.

It is the same thing really.

Just given a different name.

In my heart you will find happiness.

But my Christian brother & sister, they judge me for it.

They say I should aspire for ‘joy’.

‘For great is the joy of the Lord.’

And, ‘the fruit of His Spirit is love, joy & peace’.

Yet, the opposite of ‘joy’ is unhappiness.

And so is the absence thereof.

And so I wonder – is it just semantics?

Or is it perhaps a way out?

Making this distinction – is it a way of justifying the absence of happiness?

A way of explaining it?

Even if The Way is our confession.

May you know joy & happiness as a single reality.

May it not be either or.

Or even versus & against.

For happy people are not that bothered with semantics.

They merely know what has come alive inside of them.

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