In the quiet moments of life, when my heart is heavy with grief, I find myself searching for solace in the midst of a storm. Our worlds may feel shattered, and the darkness seems unending, but even then, there’s a spark within us, a gentle reminder that happiness exists in the most unexpected corners.

You see, happiness and grief walk hand in hand, like old friends, reminding me that life is a beautiful, delicate dance. It’s in those quiet moments, when the sun peeks through the clouds, that I realize happiness comes from within, even when I feel utterly broken.

We’re all just trying to make sense of it, right? The good and bad, the ups and downs. Sometimes it feels like I’m treading water in a sea of emotions, but that’s when I remind myself that it’s okay to feel the whole spectrum – joy, sadness, love, and loss. They’re all part of this crazy, beautiful exploration we call Life.

In the midst of heartache, it’s the little things that keep me grounded. The way a friend’s laughter fills a room, the smell of freshly brewed coffee in the morning, or the feeling of my favorite blanket wrapped around me on a cold night. These moments, these tiny, ordinary miracles, are where happiness hides, waiting to be discovered.

In the midst of heartache, it’s the little things that matter

And you know what’s amazing? We have the power to find happiness within ourselves, even when life tries to knock us down. We can choose to focus on the love we have, the memories we’ve shared, and the dreams we hold dear. We can be grateful for the sunsets that paint the sky and the stars that guide us through the darkest nights.

It’s in those moments, when we’re sharing our stories and bearing our souls, that we connect with one another. We realize we’re not alone in this wild, unpredictable world. Our hearts beat to the same rhythm, and our happiness becomes intertwined.

In the midst of heartache, it’s the little things that matter

Sure, we’re might just trying to make it through the day. But when we lean into the pain, embrace the heartache, and accept that life is a mix of joy and sorrow, we can find a strength we never knew we had. We might discover that happiness isn’t some far-off, unreachable destination. It’s right here, within us, ready to be uncovered.

I try to recognize those moments of happiness and hold onto them, even as I grieve. You can cherish the love you know and honor the memories you’ve made, right? Because you know, no matter how dark the night is, the sun will always rise again, casting its light on the happiness that’s been within us all along.


In the hush of life’s fleeting reprieve,
when sorrow weighs heavy on my chest,
I seek a haven amidst the tornado of grief,
in shattered worlds, I quest for rest.
Though darkness spreads its boundless wings,
a spark endures a flame that sings, 
whispers of joy in hidden nooks,
where happiness blooms in life’s small crooks.
Grief and joy, entwined they stroll,
hand in hand, through life’s grand ball,
a dance of grace, fragile and fair,
revealing that solace resides in despair.
When sunlight breaks the clouded veil,
I’m learning that joy from within might prevail;
even if fractured, my spirit mends,
on happiness’ whispers, my heart depends. 
As I unravel life’s terrane,
the highs and lows,
the grand and meek,
I find myself adrift,
it seems,
in oceans vast of endless dreams.
Yet through the spectrum, 
I must feel
the joy and sadness, 
love and zeal;
for each emotion’s shape, I quest
through the uncharted paths of life.
In heartache’s grip, 
the trivial gleams,
in friend’s laughter, 
and morning’s sweet steam,
wrapped in blankets of warmth,
ordinary miracles,
that’s where joy unfolds.
Within me lies the strength to strive,
to keep the light and hold on tight,
to cherish love and memories so clear,
and to let go lightly
of the dreams I nurtured dear…

(2022 © Julia Delaney)

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