We are sometimes told that joy is something to be sought out, like something lost on a recent commute to work, or hidden away in a little shelf in the back of the closet. In our day-to-day lives, we strive to obtain joy, as if it always exists just outside our grasp, present one moment and fleeting the next.
However, joy cannot simply be caught like a fish; it must also be observed and appreciated. Without a thoughtful eye and sincere understanding of the people and objects surrounding us, we cloud our most joyful moments with a fog of boredom or anxiety that makes them too easy to ignore.
Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and take in what is around you. What objects breathe happiness into your daily routine? Who are the individuals that support your dreams? You might just realize that a source of joy has been right by your side.