The stars line-up just right and circumstance is good. Happiness is the emotion had.
The world as once known stops, heart breaks, tears fall and happiness leaves.
Smiles and eyes full of sparkle and delight are expected when happiness is dancing; joy a partner in the dance.
When the pattern of the stars and the planets rearrange themselves and happiness has left, does joy leave too? If happy is a state resulting from circumstance, what is joy? Does joy partner up with sorrow as well?
Can you have one without the other? What causes joy to remain when happy sits one out?
She must of questioned it too. In her book, One Thousands Gifts, she states ". . . As long as thanks is possible, then joy is always possible."
Always? Even when circumstance is anything but happy?
How and why do you give thanks when there is no happy to be found? When circumstance is black?
What do you give thanks for?
Is thanks given because a moment is good, joyous? Or are joyous moments the result of whispered thanks?
The giving of thanks of everything? Even the black? Even the ugly?
Is joy really always possible? Even when you are in a pit staring black all around, is it possible even then? Is it possible to give thanks when despair consumes?
If joy is possible as long as thanks is, then even in those awful moments, you give thanks in order to know joy?
Even then? Even when it's hard? Even when happiness has not only left the dance floor but the party as well?
When we consume pieces we give thanks for the Broken. Whole is what is desired but thanks for the Broken is given because the Broken became Beauty. Do we need to see the end product before thanks can be proclaimed from the heart, pushed past lips and released for all to hear?
Does it, a moment, need to first be spoken as beautiful before it is seen as such? Or is it already a magnificent moment because The Almighty is already in it? Is there meaning in a moment only when it's deemed important by self or are all moments full of meaning because they are God-breathed? God-willed?
To have a meaning, wonderful life, what is required, what is needed to see? To do?
Do the things, the actions that others want of you, for you, is that what is needed for life to have meaning? Are they the things that you want or need for self? Or is it how other's perceive you, your life? Is it their definition that make your days, your life, meaningful? Are these the things, the building blocks, for a meaningful life?
Or are they already Meaningful Moments because they are God-breathed? Because in those moments, in every moment, is God. And God is always good.
And if God is always good, then thanks can always be given. If thanks is given, then can't joy be expected?
Can joy be expected to dance still when the dance floor has given way to a black pit?
If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me," even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.
Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay. You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.