Dear Friends,

In my last email, I shared how my sister’s words helped me to find my way back to my health and well-being. I’d like to continue on that trajectory of exploring things that help us to find our way back by offering this contemplation. Even though it ruffles my feathers, it reminds me that I have choices.

This is how it happens for me. I stop whatever thoughts I am having and ask myself, “Is joy possible in this moment for me?” If the answer is yes, I enquire, “Am I taking advantage of that possibility?” Or if not, I ask, “What’s getting in the way? Is there something more pressing that needs my attention?”

I focus on joy because to me it is hope realized. It feels like a soaring bird because it’s the best of childhood bubbles, giggles, and a carefree open heart. It’s the thing that makes life vivid and can eclipse any trauma.

Joy is not always easy to find, especially in challenging times, but it is always present, waiting to be noticed. Joy can be found in small things like a warm cup of tea or fresh, clean sheets. When we take the time to notice and appreciate these moments, joy can fill our hearts and minds.

I look around for something to ignite that joy in me. Yes, there it.t is, the flickering sunlight on the tile floor, the sound of the cold wind whistling through the bare-leaved trees, and the birds picking winter berries. A smile curves on my face.


Today, I’d like to ask you, what choices do you have? What choices do you make? And do your choices bring you joy?

It’s important to remember that we have the power to choose how we react to situations and circumstances. We can choose to focus on the negative or we can choose to seek out and appreciate the positive. It’s not always easy, but it is always possible.

So, I encourage you to take a moment to ask yourself, “Is joy possible in this moment for me?” And if the answer is yes, take advantage of that possibility. And if the answer is no, ask yourself, “What can I do to change that?”

Finding joy is not about ignoring or denying the challenges and difficulties of life. It’s about choosing to focus on the good, no matter how small it may seem. When we do this, we open ourselves up to a world of possibility and hope.

I hope this contemplation has been helpful to you. May you find joy in the small things today and always.

See you in the sky of your heart.

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