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Dear Daughter,

There will come a time in your life when you explore the idea of happiness. When this happens, you may have feelings of confusion, worthlessness, depression, discontent, or even fatigue. You may question your purpose and why you were placed on this earth. If you’re anything like me, you may look for happiness in relationships, material comforts, or over commitment – if I’m always busy I have to find happiness in something I’m doing, right? WRONG! Just as I have learned, you too will see that none of these things will satisfy the emptiness you feel inside.

Happiness: “a pleasurable or satisfying experience.” There was a point in my life when everything just seemed so (for lack of a better term) “blah.” I was just going through the motions and keeping myself busy but I wasn’t happy. I noticed the more I searched for happiness externally, the more frustrated I become internally… leaving an unexplainable void plaguing every facet of my life. What I didn’t realize then, was that it could never be satisfied with external possessions. It just won’t work.

On my quest to be happy, I realized what I was missing… Joy: “a source or cause of delight”; a subtle change in wording but a HUGE difference in meaning. Happiness directs our thoughts to outward circumstances but joy focuses our attention to the Source. When you have joy, everything around you can come crashing down but you won’t crash and burn with it. Weeping may endure for a night but joy does come in the morning! As long as we keep our eyes on the Source and allow Him to direct our paths, our joy will sustain. My love, in every situation, never forget those who sow in tears will reap in joy… ALWAYS!

There is joy in the process,

Ana J.