When it comes to joy, there are a lot of people who believe that those folx who are exploring Stoicism are void of this feeling, but that’s the farthest thing from the truth. We aren’t necessarily pursuing cheerfulness, or the standard-issue happiness. No, those trying to live the Stoic life are seeing a deep state of being when they quest for joy. It’s a deep part of our being in the world and hasn’t got hardly anything to do with smiles on faces, or laughs on lips… how we outwardly express our state of being. When times are good, it’s rather easy to mirror happiness in the world, but that’s different from the joy we have at our core, even when times aren’t so good.
Stoic joy is the kind that offers deep contentment with life, the kind that bolsters us so we can face each quotidian day with Courage, the kind that help us face adversity’s onslaught and get back to our feet one more time than we get knocked down… and the kind that inspires those around you.
Stoic joy comes from having purpose in life, pursuing excellence, and embracing our duty as “good people” in a greater world.
It’s a joy that has little to do with one’s pleasant tone, or saccharin-sweet language.
Now, it’s time to get some burgers with my wife and stepkids.
I’ll… (See y’all tomorrow)