good life by claire sorensen
Part of cultivating a good life is finding joy and purpose in the journey.
Life never seems to go as planned. No matter the prep work, our anticipation, or desire, we can’t predict how our lives will happen. Heck, we can’t even guess how one day will turn out! There’s always something we couldn’t have expected.
I was reminded of life’s many curveballs last week after undergoing hip surgery as a result of a clumsy accident. I never saw that coming. I was enjoying an easy, fun day and suddenly one silly fall dramatically altered the next two months. It seemed so pointless to me and so unfair being twenty years old and having to experience what my grandma-in-law was currently experiencing. It didn’t make sense to me and I certainly was not happy about it.
But a simple sentence from my sweet husband has comforted my mind throughout this whole experience: “Everything will be okay; there’s a purpose for this.”
After the initial shock and sadness dissipated, I was really able to think about what my husband had so lovingly reminded me. Everything happens for a reason. Our job is to find that reason, understand what we can learn from life’s curveballs, and find “joy in the journey!”
In a talk by Thomas S. Monson, he shares advice from a Roman philosopher, Horace, “Whatever hour God has blessed you with, take it with grateful hand, nor postpone your joys from year to year, so that in whatever place you have been, you may say that you have lived happily.”
Finding joy in the journey doesn’t mean you have to love having hip surgery or whatever other trial you or I may be dealing with. Instead, it means finding what does make you happy, the unending list of things that bring you joy, and the peace and assurance knowing that everything has a purpose and is for our good.
There are endless little (and big!) interruptions that happen during our days; we all know that will never change. But seeking to find purpose and joy in every situation we face along this journey is what helps me in cultivating a good life.
Note from Becky
Oh, how I love Claire’s message. And we love her, too! Claire is part of our “team support” as a graphic designer and one of the sweetest people you’ll ever meet. We haven’t known each other for very long and yet she’s the type of person that gives off good vibes for sure. I love that we are in very different stages of life (she is newly married; I’m nearly twice her age) and yet we have really hit it off. Hooray for awesome people like Claire who make this world a better place.