Sadness to Joy

Some days joy greets me before my eyes open in the morning. Some days I am greeted by a sadness that walked me into sleep the night before or a new sadness I didn’t know was lurking.

“You can complain because roses have thorns or you can rejoice because thorns have roses.” (from a Ziggy cartoon)

“When we’re faced with challenges, gratitude opens us to a larger perspective that helps us more effectively address them. When we’re unhappy – depressed, angry, in pain-we contract. The simple practice of gratitude actually begins to relax the mind. Instead of seeing things from only one perspective, we become open-minded.” From Awakening Joy, by James Baraz and Shoshana Alexander.

2 thoughts on “Sadness to Joy”

  1. I have not commented in a while. Life has been busy and sometimes hard. I love to read your blog. Your encouraging words keep me going. I have started to read a few of the books that you quote from. It helps my heart to heal. Thank you.

    1. Thank you for your kind words, Andrea. Life has been good to me. I have learned so much from folks who will share their experiences and reflections with me. I try to do that in my blog and it feels good to know others can find comfort or have their day brightened by something I write.

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