Meditation has been huge in the process which has taken me from frustration and resentment to a peace that passes anything that I had hoped for. With King David I can say that the boundaries of my life fall in pleasant places (Ps 16.6).
Recently I realized that I was fearful of joy. “I’ll fix your little red wagon,” was something I heard more than once growing up from bullies and unhappy people in my life. How slow I have been to realize my freedom to chose those I bring into my lives. I forget that I am not responsible for other’s frustration. I have enough of my own to manage. I structure my time in meditation or remember this not just on a theoretical level but on the level of the moments of living.
One of the questions I ask life is, “Where have I seen joy?(Gal 5:22-23)” then shut up and listen. Joy is one of God’s gifts. So I write the moments down and give thanks. It is good to take time to remember Joy, one of God’s many kindnesses to us.