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....