From Daily Word, May 7:
I Create My Own Joy
“Joyfulness is a choice. I know my thoughts can affect my feelings. If I feel resentful, angry or fearful, I take a moment to look at why I feel this way. This is my point of choice. I can consider various ways to see a situation or person. In so doing, I may be able to change my feelings from down and destructive to joyful and constructive.
I look for and find reasons to be joyful. As I choose happiness, others feel it too.”
My daughter is a drug addict, in and out of recovery for fourteen years. We are completely estranged right now. Many of us know the pain of that kind of loss, where our addicts are alive but not in our lives. Yet I also have two happy children and two wonderful grandchildren. I have more years behind me than ahead of me, and I want to make the most of my life now. I choose not to count my losses, but to celebrate my blessings. I choose joy.