My mom says when I was a baby I was constantly smiling. Apparently my dad was concerned about this happy kid because she rarely cried. Perhaps this is why it’s taken me a long time (still practicing) to make friends with my unhappy emotions rather than start a war and fruitlessly attempt to destroy them. And it’s certainly been a process to learn to be vulnerable and share my real feelings with others rather than hide behind my big happy smile. But there’s really no doubt about it, joy is my natural state. Even there, in the midst of our human ups and downs, at our core we are joy.