Finding Joy and Happiness
Joy and happiness can be an elusive thing. You wouldn't think it, but often we have to really work hard, be in active pursuit of joy. Before we had left for our Hajj, a number of friends and family members, knowing how stressed my husband and I were about the upheaval in our home, told us that we had to work to be happy. We had to make time for joy. Yes, we understand, we'd say. But it was too easy to ride the rollercoaster of ups and downs. During the days of the Hajj, I saw people wrestling with a gamut of emotions. What struck me the most were those who just overjoyed with the whole experience, with being there in Mecca, in Madinah, in Muzdalifa, in Mina, and in Arafat. The sounds of Subhanallah! and Alhamdulillah! and Mashallah! rang out from their mouths. Witnessing that joy had a profound impact on me.
That lessons holds strong today. In the faces of my kids, in the love of my family, in the friendships I am blessed with, I find joy and happiness. The hard times are still there. I have not just bad days, but bad weeks. But alhumdullilah I always return to joy. I remind myself to always seek happiness. Thank God for that.