Today, pay attention to joy when it arrives. Accept it. Savor it. Rest in it. Do not push it way with habitual feelings of guilt - for all that you have not done or achieved - or out of a sense of solidarity for all the suffering in the world, both near and far. You are neither betraying yourself nor anyone else for accepting the gift of joy, that may arrive for big reasons ( a large accomplishment), or small (a walk, a dog, a flower, a conversation, a meal, music, laughter), or for no reason at all. Accept joy.
Tarn Wilson is the author of the memoir The Slow Farm and numerous essays. You may read more of her work at tarnwilson.com.