Somewhere along the way I learned that helping others gives me joy.
At no time is this more important than when I am hurting.
I learned that, even in the midst of grief and sadness, when I help someone by word or deed, then my suffering is eased if only for a few moments.
I am trying to find a sliver of joy each hour as we wait.***
I find it in bits and pieces.
Sometimes I have to work hard to find it.
I can not give in to despair.
I don’t have that luxury.
I am needed.
***My 34-year old daughter-in-law is fighting for her life from Stage 4 cancer.
John Greenleaf Whittier, 1807-1892
John Greenleaf Whittier was an American poet, journalist, activist and abolitionist who, in the latter part of his life, was a household name in both England and the United States.
Quotes by John Greenleaf Whittier
“Give fools their gold, and knaves their power; let fortune’s bubbles rise and fall; who sows a field, or trains a flower, or plants a tree, is more than all.”
“Peace hath higher tests of manhood, than battle ever knew.”
“When faith is lost, when honor dies, the man is dead.”