Cancer sucks, and finding any kind of joy may seem impossible, but emotions are more than the words that describe them. They’re pure physical sensations that we experience all the time. When coping with breast cancer, joy might seem so far from any emotion you might be feeling. However, when it’s possible to find some kind of joy in life it can change your outlook and give you the strength for any trial.
Joy is expressed in many different ways. The way you measure joy is different from before your diagnosis. Your joy now could come from something as simple as the appreciation you feel at the end of a pretty good day, or walking your dog on a brisk winter morning.
Joy makes us feel better about ourselves. It can make us feel confident, powerful, capable, lovable and fulfilled. All the things that can be a positive source in battling breast cancer. All good reasons to experience more joy.
I’m Taking Charge wants to help you find joy during this holiday season. Let’s start a list, and maybe you can add something we haven’t thought of that gives you joy during the holiday.
There is no perfection, only beautiful versions of brokenness. – Shannon Adler
Try not to fantasize about the perfect holiday season.
You can’t recognize good times, if you don’t have bad ones.- Anonymous
Enjoy and appreciate the good times, no matter how far between they may seem to come these days.
Forever is composed of nows. – Emily Dickinson
Live in the moment.
You can find moments of joy even in the most difficult of times. Really feel those moments that give you joy.
Change what cannot be accepted and accept what cannot be changed. – Reinhol Niebuhr
Find your inner peace.
We are only given today, and never promised tomorrow. So be sure to tell the important people in your life that you love them. – Anonymous
Nurture the important relationships in your life.
Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted. – Albert Einstein
Step away from the materialism and do something spiritual, family-oriented, or non-materialistic this season.
One of the hardest lessons in life is letting go. Whether it’s guilt, anger, love, loss or betrayal. Change is never easy. We fight to hold on and we fight to let go. – Anonymous
Leave your guilt at the door.
So sit back, enjoy the season, find your joy and love those that mean the most.