One of my favorite books when I was
a child had a little girl in it that was excited to see the circus parade. She
hurried to keep up with her older brothers and sisters, but her shoe lace came
untied and by the time she stopped to tie it, everyone had left her. She sat on
the edge of the curb and cried.
Before long, a clown came by.
little girl shared her story with him and asked him to help her. He picked her
up and set her on an elephant, marching down the street so she would be high
enough to find her brothers and sisters.
Her sorrow turned to joy.
I've remembered that story all these
years because even as a child, I recognized the value of taking action to turn
sorrow to joy.
We read stories of mothers who,
after losing a child to cancer, establish charitable foundations to raise money
for research. MADD, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, is a nationwide organization
begun by a mother whose child was killed by a drunken driver.
People are amazing. There are
stories of inspiration all around us if we only look. What sorrows have you
experienced in your life? How do you turn them into joy?
by joy and sorrow does a person know anything about themselves and their
Those who experience sorrow must dig
deep into their souls to find joy. Everyone's journey will be different, but
here are some suggestions.
about it with others.
a way to give service.
the joy that comes from helping others to fill your life.
Worry does not empty
tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.