Joy. A feeling that can be simple or grand, experienced in a multitude of ways, and occur when least expected.
It may be the sound of your child saying your name for the first time, getting the job you have always wanted, or the thrill of attempting a new adventure. It is a word that conjures up different visions for each of us. And sadly, it is a feeling that often gets lost in the shuffle of living with a chronic illness. Instead, the focus becomes managing pain, a new lifestyle that was never asked for, and trying to figure out the unknown. With all this happening, how can one ever get the feeling of joy back.
To read tips on finding joy, check out my latest article, Six Steps to Finding Joy While Living with a Chronic Illness, at Creaky Joints.