In July, Della Tenney’s beautiful words about the joy she finds at 91 inspired heartfelt responses. It also inspired the realization that new joy is available to us all, and is perhaps more important than ever as we deal with both everyday and monumental challenges in our lives.

Sometimes the new joy is a tiny thing; the tinier the better, because it means we’re noticing something in a new way.  Sometimes it’s a whole new perspective that is casting something troubling in a different light. It might be a new activity or interest or an old one you’re revisiting.

Where are you finding glimmers of light that awaken joy?

Tell us here.

Turning a stressful situtation into a JOY: Reading something very insightful this week causing me to pause and become grateful for what I considered a pain in the patooty. I am finding joy that I am able to care for 7 rescues cats-and they are a great deal of work and severely limit my freedom to go and come as I please….but they also give me a purpose each day as my feet hit the floor and security in the fact that I will always have their purrs and humor around bringing me joy–oh yes, and also that I am able to do something “good” for what otherwise be neglected, abandoned kitties.

It is so important to find the joy within as we age. I’ll be 73 this fall and have spent the past few weeks on my back. I’ve had spinal issues since I turned 40. New to Maine, I got here just before the pandemic so I haven’t made many friends yet. The spinal issues have changed all my hobbies, hopefully for just a few weeks, til the next episode happens (said with some humor). Fully vaxed, I still mask up and will for quite some time. I’m beyond grateful to get out and about and hope to get back to that when my spinal pain resides. Until then, I am enjoying the moment as best as possible. How do y’all handle this?

Life for those of us over retirement age is challenging. Music, making art, reading, zoom classes and physical therapy have been my wellness focus. Gratefulness is always a leveling barometer for me when I start feeling down. A few glasses of wine doesn’t hurt either especially if accompanied by good food.