We live in a very special place and I think we all treasure and know how beautiful and strong our community has become. To have joy in your life is a choice you make. Yes, we have loss, trauma, drama and all sorts of crazy things that happen in life, but in the end, as our dear friend Andy Israel reminds us with his famous quote, “Life is about joy.” So how do you find joy when life becomes really tough? When we lose our loved ones, deal with a sickness, become depressed or can’t find something to be happy about.
Reach out to friends, family and acquaintances for help. We are here for each other and more than happy to be of service in some way or form. The block where I live is full of amazing people who are very much like family to me. We have all lived here forever, some longer than others. In the short 25 years I have lived on this block, much has happened. There have been losses, sicknesses, disagreements, but through it all we have remained good friends. The bond is strong and we will always respect one another and help each other get through tough times. We are more than just neighbors and there is nothing we would not do for one another. I remember in my time of darkness a few years ago, my neighbors rallied around me and supported me like I was family. Never will I forget what they did for me.
Recently, I was reading The Book of Joy. One of the quotes reminded me of my dear neighbors and friends. “Wherever you have friends that’s your country, and where you receive love, that’s your home…whoever gives you love, that’s your parent.” There are so many beautiful people in our community. I am often reminded of love and joy when spending time with my friends and family. Just being together and simply feeling the love and encouragement we all have for one another is enough. One day at a time is all we have, so better to have joy, than sadness. We lean onto one another and accept help along the way.
Choose to be happy and find your joy. It is the only way to live life. When the ghost of darkness gets into your heart, take a walk to a friend’s house or give them a call. Share a cup of tea or a glass of wine, and you will soon begin to feel better. Your friend may help shed light on your darkness. You may feel grateful for this moment and let go of the sadness. We are all meant to help and support one another. Family, friends and acquaintances become your lifeline. I for one, am blessed to live among such compassionate, kind souls. Thank you for being part of my life. When we connect with one another, we find joy. Life is short and in the end, joy really is what life is all about. May you be happy, may you find joy in your life and may you love life.
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