Life is tough. Tragedy can strike at any moment. We learned this at a very young age. From the moment we cried as babes in our mother’s arms to challenges in adulthood, we as humans have to fend for ourselves.
The question that remains is, do we take our lemons and turn them into lemonade or do we simply keep our lemons? My personal choice is to take that lemonade and add a little strawberry, making it the best it possibly can be. I believe that is what people do when they find joy. Joyful people are those who can take something so difficult and still find light through the darkness.
Soon after I got married, tragedy struck when I had a horrible miscarriage. It was my first time being pregnant. I didn’t want to recognize the truth: My baby was dead. Instead of blaming myself for the rest of my life, I became a seeker of joy. The key to finding joy is discovering how to live your life to fullest and realizing the simple blessings that occur everyday. I chose to take hold of the opportunities around me. To find joy became my ultimate life quest.
From there, I realized that I could help so many others find joy. When I looked around at the world, I saw pain and disappointment. My thinking began to change to, “What can I do to help others be happy?”
Soon I forgot about my worries and myself. I found that in healing, there is joy. It’s the feeling that you get when you give someone a hug, hear the laugh of a child, feel the raindrops on your face. Life is complete again for a single moment and we can share it.
Lawrence Kushner said, “Everyone carries with them at least one piece to someone else’s puzzle.” We need each other to make our joy complete.
That is why my quest is not only to find joy, it is share it with others and encourage them to do the same. Won’t you join me in my journey?