I am learning that even when life feels dark I can be surprised by joy.

One of my favorite poets expresses this so clearly:

If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don't hesitate.

Give in to it.

There are plenty of lives and whole towns destroyed or about to be.

We are not wise, and not every often kind.

And much can never be redeemed.

Still, life has some possibility left.

Perhaps this is its way of fighting back, that sometimes something happens better than all the riches or power in the world.

It could be anything, but very likely you notice it in the instant when love begins.

Anyway, that's often the case.

Anyway, whatever it is, don't be afraid of its plenty.

Joy is not made to be a crumb.

- Mary Oliver -

Joy is not made to be a crumb.

May you find some unexpected joy today, even amidst what feels like despair.