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When Joy Is Hard to Find

When Joy Is Hard to Find

For much of my life, the word ‘joy’ hung ever before me. Taunting me like a dangling carrot I could never grasp. Others seemed to have it already, but I didn’t know if I ever would. Joy seemed foreign. Exclusive. Most definitely, joy seemed elusive. As I’ve wrestled...
The Surprising Way To Be Brave

The Surprising Way To Be Brave

I’ve been talking about bravery lately, particularly with those who participate in my Rise Up Writers group. “Be Brave,” I say. And I believe it. I wonder, though, if my attempts to encourage others come out with the scent of tainted waters. Because, for...