Find Joy…and Write!

I relax through writing, through the meeting of pencil upon paper (or fingers upon a keyboard). However, when you write for your work, you find that you have less time and motivation to write for fun. For instance, my last blog post was probably a week ago; I’ve been so caught up in other writing…

Finding Joy in Grief

Four years ago today, my brother, Adam, died in a tragic canyoneering accident. I’m not going to get into those details because they really don’t matter and they’ve been rehashed time and time again over the last few years (especially the month following the accident). Suffice it to say, it was unexpected and heart-breaking. So…

15 Ways to Find Joy through Service

Remember how I talked about finding joy by helping others? Well, not long ago, I had one of “those” days; you know, the ones when you have a million things to do, responsibilities so heavy that you think your shoulders will crack, and nothing but more of the same on the horizon. It was a dark…

Heal Yourself by Healing Others

Upon reading The Elegance of the Hedgehog, I found this nugget: “If you want to heal, heal others.” In the context of this quote, Paloma—a brilliant 12-year-old girl who feels the meaninglessness of a life as member of the shallow high-class—comes to the conclusion that her unhappiness can be salved by reaching out to others. It’s…

Little Moments of Joy

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how to spread a bit of joy and happiness to others. More often than not, happiness comes in little starts here and there, little moments in time that illuminate your heart like a candle in darkness. So based on this (and a post I saw on a friend’s…