The dictionary defines joy as a deep feeling or condition of happiness or contentment, a source of happiness, an outward show of pleasure or delight; rejoicing.

Sometimes feeling a sense of joy can come from having a few moments of serenity or during a quiet meditation or reflection. It isn’t always an outward experience; it is also internal and quite personal.

I’ve sensed joy taking my seat in a 12 step meeting,  reaching my hand out to another, smiling at stranger in the grocery store for no reason, and when my cat sits on my lap and snuggles.
I’ve felt sadness, pain and grief through the years, and coupled with fear it can be debilitating. I have learned sometimes you have to dig deep and dive down to find the light and the way up.

A few months back I was exhausted, physically, mentally and spiritually. The first thought that came to mind was, “Well, you’re not 35 anymore.” I realized I couldn’t keep running and doing, it was time to be a human “being.” Just being.

So I took some time off, a few long needed naps on the weekends and asked my Higher Power for guidance. Along with His guidance —  I prayed for patience. Patience with myself, the people and world around me.

Everything really does happen in God’s time.

I wish for you this coming New Year to enjoy all the joy that is around you.