"You Have to Believe in Happiness"
“You have to believe in happiness,
Or happiness never comes.
I know that a bird chirps none the less
When all that he finds is crumbs.
You have to believe the buds will blow,
Believe in the grass in the days of snow.
Ah, that’s the reason a bird can sing,
On his darkest day he believes in Spring.
You have to believe in happiness—
It isn’t an outward thing.
The Spring never makes the song, I guess,
As much as the song the Spring.
Aye, many a heart could find content
If it saw the joy on the road it went,
The joy ahead when it had to grieve,
For the joy is there—but you have to believe.”
Where do I find my joy?
In my work? In my family? In my collections and hobbies?
Scriptures tell us to look to God for our hope and joy...
1 Chronicles 16:10
Find joy in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who keep on seeking the Lord rejoice.
Psalm 43: 4
Then I will approach the altar of God,
even to God in whom my joy finds its source.
Then I will praise you with the lyre, God, my God
So what about you and me? I spent a close to two years with a situation that left me ragged, worn and weary with little reason to find joy. Some days were dark, as well as many nights. What kept me going?
Written daily gratitudes for all things positive for each day
Volunteer work with my church and a local high school
Prayer and scripture reading and meditation
Random runs to my favorite department store
Chats with friends and family on rough days
Giving myself over to God and the direction of my husband