Choosing Joy – My One Little Word

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Choosing Joy – My One Little Word

“That was one of the happiest moments of my life,” Rebecca says of Tess’ birth through tears to her son. “But, also, your dad isn’t here. That’s just something I’m going to have to deal with for the rest of my life: the happiest moments will also be a little sad.”

Those were the words I heard on the show “This is Us” a few weeks ago and I can’t quite get them out of my head.  I have never bonded with a television character like I have with Rebecca from the show “This is Us” but Mandy Moore oftentimes speaks my words.  That episode brought great tears to my eyes and I am reliving them again with the birth of my new grandson two weeks ago.  

It’s easy to wallow in the sadness of the loss of a soulmate and husband. It’s easy to let that sadness consume you and swallow you up.  But when I opt to stay forlorn,  I lose sight of the important things in my life such as my family and friends.
It takes more energy to be joyful. To look for and hold on to the goodness that surrounds me each and everyday.  I know that our children and grandchildren have certainly given me much to be joyful about and I want more of that in my life.
And for that reason I choose JOY!






5 Replies to “Choosing Joy – My One Little Word”

  1. I love that show and Rebecca — I cried at the episode and now reading your post from your perspective has me crying again. Good thing there is not a new episode tonight. I can't imagine how much energy it takes – you do it so well. Choose joy!

    Clare

  2. I thought about a bible verse I've always loved as I read your post: Psalm 30:5 “Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” (NIV)

    I'm not really a church-goer in my adult life but treasure having tom memorize bible verses in my younger days. Keep choosing joy.

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