Comfort and Joy

The last two years have brought struggles for many around the world. The loss of loved ones, changes in living and employment situations, and a general stress of the uncertainty of something so big and out side of control have left many questioning their ability or wanting to be happy for the holidays. Perhaps the best answer is in the old Christmas songs that wish each one comfort and joy.
Comfort is a state of mind, as much as a physical state. Surrounding one’s self with the people who we care about, and who care about us, puts our soul to rest in a comfortable place. It is not the bounding happiness that comes to a child’s face when a beloved one appears, but the sweet smile of a friend when you walk in the room that is comfort.
Joy is a deep sense of goodness. Happiness depends on happenings, but joy comes from within. In the years that I have struggled to celebrate the holidays, it has been the joy of being surrounded by the people I love that made the days special.
This year, as people figure out the new way things are going to be done because of the changes they have encountered, ask for less happiness from them. Grant grace and wish Comfort and Joy. That will make the holidays brighter for all.
What ever you are going through or coming to grips with this holiday season, I wish you Comfort and Joy.

By Laura

Laura S. Tarasoff is poet, writer, explorer, and believer in people. Laura lives on Whidbey Island, Washington. Whenever she can she walks the beach looking for agates, hoping for whale sightings, or takes on the splendor of the eagles and hawks filling the prairie sky. She enjoys a terrific burger, a rolling laugh, and getting to know people.Laura hopes that her words will bring hope and encouragement to get through the hardest parts of life.

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