Sadness is a state of mind
And of body and soul, I find.
If all I see is darkness and gloom
and sadness in my life, it will consume.
So, when things just aren't right
I must look around and seek the light.
It is all around me every day,
Even in just a smile that comes my way.
I need to let the warmth of love come in
And fill my heart to let happiness win.
Without happiness there cannot be success.
I sometimes forget this, I must confess.
I will try harder to remember this
When things don't go as I wish.
JR March 2011
After finishing my grandmother's journals, I felt very sad. I'm glad I've had the opportunity to read them, but it saddened me to realize how lonesome she was the last couple of years of her life. We were all too busy to see it. I could have spent more time with her. I'm not going to beat myself up over it, because I didn't know. I hope this will help me to see that sadness in other people's eyes, and perhaps I can bring a little joy to them with a smile, an extra "hello", a note, a card, a phone call, or a visit.