It's funny how perspective changes with every year older we get. I am learning that joy really is a choice. Sometimes life is hard and it's so much easier to let life's struggles and trials get the best of us.
Almost five years ago I went through a trial that tested me to my very core. It tested my physical, emotional, and spiritual strength. The crazy thing is, I was able to find joy during that time. My family, friends and faith were a major part of that because of their help and prayers. Today, 5 years later, there are a couple small remnants of the struggles of that time that we still deal with but overall life has almost returned to normal. When I look back I can see the miracles that we witnessed and the joy that was able to find it's way through the thick layer of fear, pain and exhaustion.
What I learned from this experience is that joy IS a decision. Joy will always be there, if we are willing to work to see it.