Joy : Joy

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.


The Backstory

***My 34-year old daughter-in-law is fighting for her life from Stage 4 cancer.

A Special Hell

Coach Mabel’s Tip for Today


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.

John Greenleaf Whittier

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.”



10 thoughts on “Joy : Joy

  1. Thanks Lori for the great quotes and introduction to Mr Whittier. He seems to be a man of deep wisdom.

    You have helped me today by posting this 🙂

    Prayers for the best possible outcome for all.


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  2. Don’t forget to take good care of yourself, too. You can’t afford to lose yourself helping others, it’s important to make sure you yourself are doing well, too.

    I continue sending you love and positive energy. It’s horrible seeing a loved one battle cancer, it’s difficult being on the sidelines. But being there can make all the difference to the person fighting the fight. Take care, Lori.

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  3. Lori what an uplifting and encouraging post to come home too. I have been away and even with the joy of a new grandchild sometimes the complexities of where our younger generation find themselves can be challenging…..even heartbreaking…. your post has reinforced indeed that in the midst of it ALL… there is joy in the helping. Do take care of yourself Lori. Your life purposes in the years ahead are still unfolding. How you guard you own well-being will influence everyone around

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