This article originally appeared in the December 2011 issue of Daily Word®.
Like so many people, I look forward to the holiday season. I’ve celebrated many special holidays in my life when I’ve had the opportunity to gather with family and friends to express our love and gratitude for each other and the world.
In these times, my joy came readily but in other years, when my family was not available or when I was in the middle of a painful life experience, my joy didn’t come as effortlessly. In those times, I needed to make a choice. I knew that if I was to feel joy, I would need to cultivate it in my mind and heart.