A little glimpse of Joy

April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.
~William Shakespeare

I think I came across my first Joy encounter last week. Of course, there’s been some moments of happiness, but like we discussed earlier this year, Happy is not necessarily the same feeling as Joy.

This Joy encounter came from an unexpected source….the cancer radiation treatment center. Yes, you heard correctly.

Entrepreneur was scheduled for three radiation treatments last week. We drove to the hospital entrance for radiation patients with more than a little anxiety building about how these procedures could end up. Radiating the brain….the stuff of which anxiety is made.

It was a dreary, chilly, spring day with on and off rain showers. Much like our frame of mind. But as we drove into the private parking area for radiation patients, this is what greeted us.

A sea of yellow daffodils planted between the reserved parking spaces and entrance.

I felt my heart lift as soon as I saw them. Of course, they didn’t negate the harsh reality of what was about to happen inside, but for a brief moment, I was caught up in the beauty of the moment. I thought of all the hours it must have taken to plant these bulbs last Autumn. I thought what a wonderful gift to those experiencing the challenging darkness of cancer.

And, I noticed some of these splendid blossoms had been mercilessly beat down onto the ground, unable to hold up against the spring storms. What a shame, I thought. So, I rescued them to live in vases in my home. There is some poetic justice in this, right? 🙂

Joy. It can surprise us in the strangest of places.

For happiness one needs security, but joy can spring like a flower even from the cliffs of despair.
~Anne Morrow Lindbergh

4 thoughts on “A little glimpse of Joy

  1. I am so happy that you were able to find joy in these beautiful flowers, Lisa. I am sure that it is very difficult to notice things such as this now, but you did!!

    I hope that the reality of the procedure was far less than the anxiety over it.

    Thinking of you, and sending you hugs and prayers, my friend.

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  2. Lisa, I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this post! It put a HUGE smile on my face and JOY in my heart 🙂

    Isn’t it something how in times of fear, and what seems to be darkness, we are given strength and hope? I always see them as “God Winks” which let me know that I am always being watched over and loved.

    Gorgeous daffodils! And I love that you took/rescued those that had been beaten down and are now in your home. They look so happy and healthy!

    Beautiful post, my friend. Love the quotes too!

    Continued prayers to you!

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