Countless times, the Bible teaches us to avoid worry and fear, and instead, to be joyous. Yet, we’re often full of worry and anxiety.
Today, we’ll learn why and how we’re likely practicing for pain. Next week, we’ll start to learn what to do instead.
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To choosing joy,
If, like me, you’ve ever stood over your children and thought to yourself, I love you so much I can barely breathe, and in that moment have been flooded with images of something terrible happening to your child, know that you’re not crazy nor are you alone. About 80% of parents I’ve interviewed acknowledged having that experience.
Once we make the connection between vulnerability and joy, the answer is pretty straightforward: We’re trying to beat vulnerability to the punch. We don’t want to be blindsided by hurt. We don’t want to be caught off-guard, so we literally practice being devastated or never move from self-elected disappointment.
It’s often described like this: “It’s easier to live disappointed than it is to feel disappointed. It feels more vulnerable to dip in and out of disappointment than to just set up camp there. You sacrifice joy, but you suffer less pain.”
“We cannot selectively numb emotions, when we numb the painful emotions, we also numb the positive emotions.”
– Brene Brown
Today, I will practice taking off my “mask” so that I may dare greatly.
Light in a messenger’s eyes brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.