April Fifth; How Can I Express Joy In This Moment?

I was somewhat forced into early retirement, due to the loss of my, job due to Covid. Sort of. Living mostly on limited Social Security is not easy. But not impossible. Yet it limits what I am able to do at any given time. My parents have grown more needy since all of this began, and since I am now home. I understand, and I am thankful beyond measure they are still with us.

But, as actually, mildly annoying and inconvenient as my issues are, the world is producing much worse outside my bubble.

There is diseases in many forms. The weather has blown up in ways that has taken lives and livelihoods. Homes lost to hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding and more. Humans, while some having always had a dark streak, this has exploded in an ugliness before unimaginable. We are hurting each other needlessly. Whether we are in the midst of a conspiracy, whether the dark is attempting to destroy community as we know it, whether evil is out to destroy the heart of mankind, doesn’t matter. We are each in our own way allowing this and we are allowing it to steal our joy.


I can’t tell others how to express their joy, or how to live joyfully. I can only speak of and for myself. Maybe though, in the describing my way, it will inspire them to find their own joy and live it fully.

My days begin pretty much the same way. I rise, let the dogs out into the fenced front yard then begin brewing my coffee. If the cats are outside, I take them their food and water.  I make myself comfortable here and start reading the many blog posts that have been shared during the night. At some point, mom will call and we will chat for however long she wishes.  Then, I will prepare my own words from the dirt road for the day. I don’t attempt to teach, mostly share the words and feelings from the heart. If a lesson of some sort gets tucked in along the way, so much the better.

So, where does a sixty-three year old, retired, widow find joy?

I find it in my son and extended family. Even the members that I don’t see often. They encourage me, they tease me, they dare me to fly while attempting to make sure my flights only go toward the sun not into it. They challenge me to step outside my comfort zone into new adventures and I grow stronger with each step forward.

I find it in friends, those who accept me as I am. Those who see and smile through the eccentricities that are all a part of me.

I find joy in my home and yard. In the safe, comfortable place that it is and has always been. In the woods that are a part of family property where I can wander at will and find peace.

In my hikes. Whether it is up a mountain or around a paved path. Finding the peace that waits for me there.

In my hobby of photography, where I can chase butterfly, bees and all of nature forgetting for a time what lies outside of that past time. Seeking to capture and create something  special.

In my writing, where I bleed words onto the page. Attempting to share a part of me that may uplift, entertain, or encourage another.

In my faith, where my strength and hope comes from.

For me, simple things bring joy, that special gladness that heals the soul and lifts the spirits.

About rebecca s revels

A writer, a photographer, a cancer survivor. An adventurer of the mild kind, a lover of the simple pleasures such as long walks and chocolate. A Christian unashamed of my faith and a friend who is dependable and will encourage readily. Author of three self published books with more waiting to find their way to paper. An advocate of good things, a fighter against wrongs.
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10 Responses to April Fifth; How Can I Express Joy In This Moment?

  1. Thank you! You are very kind.

  2. “In my writing, where I bleed words onto the page. Attempting to share a part of me that may uplift, entertain, or encourage another.” I can feel in your pain, you are trying to motivate others! I am sure many can relate with you, too! I hope you find joy and happiness in writing, too!

  3. Blanca says:

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful post. I believe that finding joy in the simple things in life is a truly recommendable way to find a kind of happiness that makes our life and existence more bearable. I share many of those simple joys you mention in your post.

    • I believe, that when we are able to find happiness and joy in the simple things, our lives are so much better. There is much less stress attached. Thank you for your visit and kind words.

  4. Beautiful writing from a lovely woman!

  5. Gibberish says:

    Such a beautiful and heartfelt post….joy is within us….we just have to tap it and let it ooze out…I know…easier said than done…but must be tried…much love to you Rebecca ❤️❤️

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