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. The more I understand what brings me joy, the more I can drop into it.
Do you ever have times when some magic combination of thought and biochemicals propels you into a new understanding of everything? The world seems new and you feel reborn. I’m guessing I’m not the only one who has those mini-enlightenments.
I had one on Monday and I have been living in the glow ever since. The part of me that lives in everyday dust and errands is waiting for the glow to wear off. The rest of me is enjoying the ride.
There is a lesson for me here, because while I notice the glow of such experiences it easy for me to miss the micro-enlightenments that are more frequent and more gentle. It’s a call to enjoy what is and watch for what might be.
How can we pay better attention to the tiny moments of bliss each day provides?
My delights for this week:
I read a fiction book from start to finish. I love losing myself in someone else’s imaginary world..
Went with my family to a Saints baseball game and enjoyed the silly games and kids running the bases.
Understood that love and God are real.
Participated in a church meeting full of laughter and caring.
A dead hard drive and problematic backup system can be invitations to a new world.
A caregiver who was on vacation returned; another called to check on me. I felt supported and safe.
It’s the end of the month, a busy time, and I’m getting it all done.
May you move toward your joy and find delight in each day.