Today, know that to feel joy is not a betrayal of the world's great suffering. Joy is not a lack of loyalty to other's pain nor a lack of seriousness about urgent issues. Joy is not ignorance or denial. Joy is not selfish, self-involved, or myopic. Joy is a divine gift. Joy has the divine power moving in it. Joy opens our channels of creativity. Joy connects us to others and to possibility. We can feel joyful and deeply serious about the care of our world at the same time. In fact, feeling an overburdened sense of responsibility or weighty guilt often paralyzes us: in our sense of the enormousness of the tasks before us, we don't see what we can do today, in this moment. Joy gives us the energy to act and the intuition to know how to be effective. Today, when joy comes, embrace and savor it without guilt.
Tarn Wilson is the author of the memoir The Slow Farm and numerous essays. You may read more of her work at tarnwilson.com.