For me, my thoughts went in a different direction. At the end of 2015, the minister at my church did a series on the word JOY. I found it very meaningful and I shared a series of thoughts on my Facebook page during December. Yes, I do have a Facebook page, but I don't have it connected with the blog here. I don't post very often there and I use Facebook mostly to connect with family and non-bookish friends. Anyway, the word JOY has been on my mind for several weeks.
I decided to continue exploring my thoughts on JOY. That's my 'one little word'. JOY.
The definition of JOY according to Merriam-Webster is this:
1. the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune
2. a state of happiness or felicity
3. a source or cause of delight
Well, no offense to Merriam-Webster, but I don't think happiness or a constant state of that is required to experience JOY. I also think that JOY can be something that comes in short bursts or even pin pricks. And I think that sometimes, it must be searched for, sought out, almost tripped over. That is how it has been for me, especially in those times where it was hard to find - those darker days.
I want to share two quotes that come from books written by Louise Penny, a favorite author of mine. The first illustrates how I feel that JOY comes to us. It's from her book, How The Light Gets In, and is a quote that was originally written by Leonard Cohen. He graciously gave Louise permission to use it.
There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in.
The second phrase comes from The Long Way Home and it is repeated over and over in that book:
Surprised by joy...