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Joy and Happiness

You know, the ancient Egyptians had a beautiful belief about death.
When their souls got to the entrance to heaven,
the guards asked two questions.
Their answers determined whether they were able to enter or not.
‘Have you found joy in your life?’
‘Has your life brought joy to others?’

This made me think of the life I am living here on this earth. Am I worthy to enter heaven? Those two questions require reflection and I can try to evaluate myself by looking at the relationships that I built over my lifetime.

Have I found the joy in my life? At this point I can say that my husband and son and the home that we have built is the joy that I treasure most. Looking at us is enough to make me feel blessed by God. Ours is a very young family, young in the sense that we have yet to encounter a lot of good and bad experiences that will certainly shape up our relationship. It really helps that our circle of friends are there to exchange words and ideas with, or simply to be each others mirror. The friendships that I gained along, and the family that I was born into and raised me I consider them my joys too. They help me achieve my fullness, e.g. self-actualization ( I don’t know how to put this in layman’s term). In other words they help me become a better person.

Has my life brought joy to others? Hmmm. Hard to say, but since this is something I need to answer, I must say yes, if you consider my husband and son as others. Looking at myself I am neither a saint, nor that evil. So probably, somehow in my little way, I brought joy to somebody. Maybe, my parents because once in my life I was their bundle of joy. While my friends are still there for me, so I must be a source of joy for them. As they say, everything in this world are intertwined, everyone is related, in a cause and effect sense.

I am so glad I finally came to see how this mind-reflecting dialogue was delivered, and it helped a lot that Morgan Freeman’s voice was the one saying this.

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