When we allow ourselves to feel joy, we create an inner sanctuary, a home for the soul that allows us to feel safe to laugh, cry, be angry, question, and think for ourselves. When we create this home for truth and delight, we feel a sense of inner strength. Unkind remarks and difficult situations lose their ability to singe our souls or tear at our hearts because we are no longer candles in the wind. Rather, we become the fire of life itself—a being, an identity that cannot be blown about or extinguished by external events because we accept all of who we are.
Remember Joy and Find Hope

Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul And sings the tune without the words And never stops, at all.
—Emily Dickinson

Joy brings hope and hope brings joy. Imagine joy as a memory dwelling within you—a bird perched on your soul singing a song of hope. Let yourself know it is always there. Sometimes we lose contact with that voice and feel despair. In those times, if we can remember that the potential for joy lives within us, we may regain hope and find the strength to take steps to improve our lives.
Charlotte Kasl, Finding Joy

When we allow ourselves to feel joy, we create an inner sanctuary, a home for the soul that allows us to feel safe to laugh, cry, be angry, question, and think for ourselves. When we create this home for truth and delight, we feel a sense of inner strength. Unkind remarks and difficult situations lose their ability to singe our souls or tear at our hearts because we are no longer candles in the wind. Rather, we become the fire of life itself—a being, an identity that cannot be blown about or extinguished by external events because we accept all of who we are.

Remember Joy and Find Hope

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops, at all.

—Emily Dickinson

Joy brings hope and hope brings joy. Imagine joy as a memory dwelling within you—a bird perched on your soul singing a song of hope. Let yourself know it is always there. Sometimes we lose contact with that voice and feel despair. In those times, if we can remember that the potential for joy lives within us, we may regain hope and find the strength to take steps to improve our lives.

Charlotte Kasl, Finding Joy