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.
I am lucky enough to be surrounded by kindhearted people. [It’s a surprise to discover – via my assistive software – that kindhearted is one word. On the one hand, it seems not to make a big enough deal out of a beautiful thing. On the other hand, it seems right that kindness should be inseparable from people’s hearts.]
People do nice things for me. They go the extra mile to bring beauty and ease and compassion into my world.
How can you recognize create beauty and compassion as you go through your day?
My delights for this week:
Went with a friend to Clybourne Park. I love theater that makes us squirm and laugh and rethink our lives.
My daughter and I had fun putting together a care package for a friend away from home.
The words and concept “a fresh start” dropped from my meditation teacher’s mouth into my soul.
Spent time making art and standing my ground as an artist.
My new definition of elegance: fruit & nuts, goat cheese, good company, great view.
Another nummy lunch with my brother.
Major “to-do”s done by 9 AM. It seems shallow to delight in this, but that’s the way it is, Walter.
May you move toward your joy and find delight in each day.