Delights of the Day for the Week

I’ve been practicing what I call The Delight of the Day. Each day I watch for moments that inspire a strong feeling of gratitude and  joy within me.   I mentally label the strongest such moment The Delight of the Day.  The practice encourages what psychologists call “positive scanning.”  I’m waiting for good things to happen  and, when they do, I notice and celebrate them.


This week I lost myself. I’m working on three big projects and I let that get me stressed out. On the one hand, I absolutely love the projects and who I am when I’m working on them. On the other hand, I forgot to notice and log delights two days this week. That’s a little warning signal that I am overcommitted and need to set limits.

My next steps: 1) take a breath. 2) forgive myself for missing. 3) recommit to slowing down enough to find delight in each day.

What early warning signals do you have (or might you put) in place?

Here are my  Delights for this week:

!!! A trip to Michael’s. Colors! Sparkles! Ideas!

  A classroom full of boys in Sunday school. They my sexist ideas – good for them! Good surprises are always a delight.

!!! Woke up crabby, but cheered myself up by reading my current Big Writing Project (codename: Fluffo). That my voice encouraged me made it doubly encouraging.

!!! Drafted my new liturgical art project. Creating is a pleasure. Knowing it will be serve a holy purpose jazzes it!

 My daughter gave me a haircut. It’s bonding time and she’s good at it


May you find delight in each day.