Are you permitting others to steal your joy? Are you feeling great and someone else tries to make you feel guilty because you feel good? Are they saying that you are being selfish because you choose to experience joy while others are suffering?
In everything that happens to us we have choices to make. Do we internalize our experiences and create emotions that drive us to either worry about what ‘might’ happen or be confident in what we know ‘will’ happen! In other words, are we in command of our feelings or are our feelings in command of us? Do weoperate from faith in the Divine by trusting completely or do we operate from fear by doubting in ourselves enough to let the imposed guilt of others stifle our progress?
When we accept and believe in the guilt that others impose on us we are allowing them to steal our joy. What right do we have to be joyous when the rest of the world appears to be suffering? Who do we think we are, anyway? Do we think we are better than others? Or is it that we simply KNOW that we have everything to be thankful and joyous for because we understand just whom and what we are in the grand scheme of things?
When others try to convince you that you have no right to bejoyous just thank them graciously, pray for their understanding and move on. The truth is that it is THEY who have no right to impose their limited, subjective and personal viewpoint on you simply because you are experiencing joy. They want you to be ‘like them’ for them to feel secure in their viewpoint of the world. It is a selfish act and you should have nothing whatsoever to do with them and their ego trying to control, dominate and manipulate who and what you are.
Always remember, what you think ‘might’ happen or fear what you believe ‘will’ happen, most of the time never occurs. The feelings of uncertainty take control when you follow your head more than your heart.
Never let anyone steal your joy; it isn’t worth it. It is more important to be truthful than polite, in control rather than being controlled and joyous for your blessings rather than worrying about ‘what if’. When you take the ‘what if’, let it go and follow Divine guidance you are being true to yourself AND others. Be ye therefore perfect! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D. (Spirituality Guidance Channel)