“The capacity for hope is the most significant fact of life. It provides human beings with a sense of destination and the energy to get started.” 

– Norman Cousins

To me, joy and hope go hand in hand.  One often leads to the other, and sometimes the two fuse together and it’s hard to distinguish between them.  Having hope definitely can cause joy to bloom, and in turn, being joyful can lead to more openness, more opportunities, and a more positive outlook on life.  Joy and hope both involve an openness to the world, a clearer outlook, and an inner peace in working for what could be in pursuing one’s passions.  One of my absolute favorite quotes of all time is from Pope John Paul II: “True joy is a victory, something that cannot be had without a long and difficult struggle.”  This could not be more true.  Joy is the light at the end of a dark tunnel, the spark in a dark room, the finish line at the end of a long, hard race.

And with hope and joy come gratitude. Strength. Inner peace. Love. That feeling of being purely alive, realizing God’s wonderful handwriting in the novel of your life.

Peace to you,

Lauren ♥


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