Can we be clear on this?
Joy is bigger, better, more lasting in many ways, and specifically is, joy.
It is NOT pride.
I have mentioned joy in context with a grandchild twice recently. Both times, someone has commented, "Grandma's pride."
One is a woman who never got along with her own children. The second never had children.
I wanted to punch the first in the nose. I explained to the second.
"Grandma's pride" is what I feel when they say "please" and "thank you." Grandma's pride is when they make the honor roll and you already know they are smart, so.
Joy is so much more.
Joy is transcendent. Sometimes, it simply happens. Sometimes, it is your happiness when you, or someone you love, does something they wanted to do and loved to do, and did it. Maybe they, or you, didn't know if they, or you, could. That ramps it. Simply said, it is the joy of:
This is not Grandma's pride.
Well, it can be, I suppose. But pride involves achievement, and joy?
I have to think on that. Okay. Well, pride sometimes lasts. For generations. It can last. Maybe it is just me. I have felt pride for my family, myself, for others. Some has lasted. it has. I know it can be visceral.
But pride has different coats, different gravitas.
Joy. It just is. Telling you what it is like if you have never experienced it--and I fear some may not--is like---
Space. Filled with fullness. No fear, and limitless happy. No pain that I notice for this instant. No smell I do not love. No sound I do not welcome. Expectation, spiraling understanding that this is, this: is joy, and we welcome it, remember it, touch it again in memory.
If it lasts a second, it may be worth a lifetime. But if it goes on, or recurs, it carves itself into who you are, and no matter what comes next, you never again will be without joy, because it has become a part of you.
Some watch their children and grandchildren live, achieve, perform, and maybe they smile, are happy, and feel pride. That is good.
But when I say I have felt pure joy, whether it involves a grandchild, a friend, an institution,whatever. It is not pride. Of any kind, of any generation. Joy is meant to be danced, and sometimes sung, and at least written about as I have.
I have felt joy today, and it isn't frequent. Happiness is within reach so easily, if we are open to it. Joy is a different level, and I am so glad it is a part of my life.
And for a few minutes today, I flew.