Were You Ever Really Happy or Joyful While a Witness?

by minimus 29 Replies latest jw friends

  • minimus

    I think most JWs have never really experienced "real" joy or happiness in the JW environment. I don't think programmed mind controlled people can relate to "normal" things that make the average person happy. What do you think?

  • love2Bworldly

    The only joy I had while being a Witless was being on vacation, away from meetings and service. Disneyland has always been my favorite.

  • Purza

    I THOUGHT I was happy while I was a dub -- but only because I was told I should be happy serving god. There was no joy though. I even had an elder tell me once that I need "cultivate" joy.

    I think JWs go through the motions of being happy -- but they cannot know what true happiness is until they leave the cult.


  • Crumpet

    thats a can of worms minimus! I just for the first time thought back to try and remember a period of happiness as a child.

    And guess what there wasn't one - not of pure joy - every memory is tainted by some punishment for something I did wrong.

    I feel really sorry for myself suddenly. I don't think I ever admitted that I wasn't happy the whole time. No wonder I'm so angry now.

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  • minimus

    JWs have no clue as to what is real fun, happiness, excitement. Placing a brochure is something "joyful" to them.

  • Robdar

    For the most part yes, I was happy and joyful. I don't think it was because I was witness though. I think that it is because I tend to be joyful and happy anyway.

    Hey, I'm pretty joyous right now: I had a wonderful encounter with some wild raccoons last night that has made me smile all morning, I'm off work today, I'm putting the down payment on my new apartment and I got that promotion at work.

    Care to do the happy, happy-joy, joy dance with me?

  • rebel8

    I believed I was joyful when I was told I should be joyful! But no, not a moment of genuine life satisfaction.

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