A prologue to Joy

By Joseph Mattappally on 04-06-2010

This was just another
touching story that I read once. The author is unknown. It seems that he was
sharing his profound joy in the very background in which he was.

The story read, ‘I
was driving down the road the other day listening to sweet music coming out of
my car radio. My heartfelt peaceful, my mind was clear, and my soul was full of
love. Even with all its problems life seemed good. Then the music stopped and
the news came on. There was talk of another millionaire celebrity in drug rehab
after an incident with the police. There was news on the murder of a poor man
whose life was supposed to be changed after winning the lottery. There was even
a discussion on how much greed and excess had damaged our world. Every story seemed
to point once again to the old adage that money can’t buy happiness.

Hearing
them made me think of a documentary I saw many years ago on Mother Teresa’s
home for the dying in Calcutta. What struck me the most when I watched it
wasn’t the grinding poverty there? It wasn’t the sickness and suffering that
the people there were going through. It was rather the peaceful smiles of love,
kindness, and happiness that they shared with the Sisters and with each other.
These people had nothing.

      Many were on the verge of death. Yet, they
knew the simple truth that so many of us here are still learning: Joy is Free.
The truth is that God loves you and wants you to be happy right now. He wants
His light to brighten you, His peace to calm you, and His happiness to uplift
you. He wants you to fill your life with His love and then share it with the
world. He wants you to have joy and to spread joy everyday of your life here.
Don’t worship dollar signs and think that money will bring you happiness then.
Joy can’t be purchased. It can’t be owned. It can only be chosen and then given
freely to others. In the eyes of eternity, money is only worthless paper. The
only thing that matters is the love within you and the love that you give to
the world. Make that your legacy and forever your life will be rich in joy.’

We
struggle all our life to hoard more and more of material wealth….all with a
false belief that we are closing in to joy. The story truly invites each to a
distinct understanding of joy. We change our mindset or not, joy will continue
to be the same; it flows only to those who care to share.

About The Author

Sri. Joseph Mattappally

Sri. Joseph Mattappally, Founder and Director of Indian Thoughts, is a writer and social worker. He is also a Reiki Master (RIRC Mumbai) and licensed Amateur Radio Operator ( VU2JIM). He has authored 'Success Secrets', a book detailing basic life management principles.