Joy is an Inside Job
She brings to us an investigation of joy in our troubled times, sharing how these two Nobel Prize winners who have carried on their shoulders each a lifetime of struggle and adversity—find joy.
Photos by Miranda Penn Turin
Joy is not happiness, but a deeper, clearer place within, they are suggesting through their very lives, from which one chooses to embrace the gift of life. It is ground to stand upon, and then, and then! to move from that inside job OUT, out into the world. Because, they insist, and science confirms, our greatest joy comes from deep connection in the world. As Peggy says now, having grown her thoughts: Joy is an inside (out) job.
We watch these two giants poke and prod each other like school boys. They wag their fingers, dance and grasp hands, erupt in laughter. The love is real. A long, extraordinary friendship anchors their joy.
What strikes me the most is how Peggy, who has spent most of her life addressing heart-breaking slavery still alive in the world, is herself an ambush of joy.
She, too, has lived amongst despair, and yet, generosity overflows from that place, such as her spontaneous gift to Ibu. I want to help becomes the eye of joy, a way of seeing the world and how we can connect to it.
Which is also, I want to say, the inside job at Ibu. Joy. Our movement is not about pitying the poor, nor about being good to feel good. No, it's about taking joy in the splendid gifts of the women of the world, especially those who know oppression and exile, and dancing with them.
And then, what's even better—you can wear their joy and yours into the world where that inside job, in colors of joy uncontained, shouts out.
All the best,
Just in, another full spectrum of color and pattern from Uzbekistan in our uber-popular Voluminous Caftan. You won't believe how many are in my closet—that's a confession we often hear. I want one in every color—and I wear them all the time! Now, that's some joy.
And for more . . . Check out the Mission: Joy film trailer here or the full film here.
And Peggy's Big Joy Science Project here: (mission.joy.org/bigjoy), offering you participation in an online seven day project designed by researchers to increase joy in the world. Each day, one micro-practice is suggested, one that has been proven to lead to more joy.
If you're in the Charleston area, hear Peggy Callahan speak on November 2 as Mission: Joy is screened at the Charleston Library Society. Purchase tickets here.
Learn more about Peggy's anti-slavery organization here.