Week 49~ Proverbs 17:22
‘A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.’
Attitude really is everything and this particular proverb emphasizes how our attitude can affect our minds and therefore bodies in challenging situations.
How do we know that this refers to challenging situations? Very simply because joy is described as a medicine and medicine is not used by the healthy! Of course, the attitudes here are not necessarily applied with reference to our own personal situation but also describe how we are around others. Are we encouraging? Do we keep things in perspective or enjoy dramatizing them to fulfil some inner need or boost our role? Too much attention to the wrong details easily crushes vulnerable spirits and can lead to the downfall of others. How unfortunate if we genuinely wish to help.
We can enjoy creating useless drama in our own lives rather than relaxing, having a joyful attitude and expecting the best outcome in a situation. Drama can be a real smoke screen which prevents us from seeing simple solutions through impairing our ability to function properly. Trying to take a rational rather than emotional approach to life helps keep our feet on the ground.
Joy is a brilliant medicine. When we are joyful everything appears good and our spirit sings, leaving us feeling as if we can tackle anything and everything. Joy creates more joy whereas stress creates more stress. Emotions actually require practice which may sound strange, however you have spent your entire life practicing your emotional mind set without even realising it! If you are constantly stressed and agitated that is the result of ‘personal training.’ Too much of this attitude can ultimately lead to depression and poor self- esteem. By contrast, joy is a positive emotion which elevates and helps us to enjoy life. Joy draws others to us because we wish to share the feeling and tend to reach out to others. Practice joy, it really will help you to enjoy life.
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