five tips for choosing joy over midwinter blahs

five tips for choosing joy over midwinter blahs

We are in the bleak midwinter in Minnesota. The air temperature outside has been in the single digits (Fahrenheit). Personally, I’ve been dealing with additional losses: more MS -induced disability and the death of our dog, Cocoa, who kept me company for 15 years....
allowing joy, allowing sadness

allowing joy, allowing sadness

This month’s promise is to “live joyfully for no apparent reason.” Lately, I’ve been thinking about joy as a flotation device. I have been sad because my left arm and hand have gotten weaker and less responsive. Often, I am unable to drive my wheelchair. Because of...
looking for joy

looking for joy

How can I find joy on a day like today, with the temperature at a -15 Fahrenheit and my body is completely paralyzed? I have to reach for joy outside myself. It can be found in the colorful posters that surround my desk, the rocks on top of my desk, a video of kittens...
Choosing Joy

Choosing Joy

I don’t enjoy waking up. I shift from sleeping to wakefulness, try to move my body and remember that I can’t. Sadness. I wait until someone comes to get me out of bed. My legs spasm. Pain. I think about what I hope to do today. That helps. I have things to do, people...
Alerted to a higher joy

Alerted to a higher joy

Yesterday, I heard columnist David Brooks on the radio describing a moment he experienced as he watched his children playing in the yard: “It’s one of those moments when life and time feel like they’re suspended. I had a feeling of being overwhelmed with gratitude....