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.
This week was my daughter’s 16th birthday. I annoyed her by staring at her. My intention wasn’t to annoy, though. I was remembering her tiny 6 pound self and marveling at how she’s grown, physically and mentally. (English needs a better word, so I don’t have to use some plodding hyphenated mental-emotional-spiritual conglomeration.) Her presence is a gift in my life.
Later in the week, I was just about to break for lunch when a friend called me to say she was on her way over, bringing lunch. She is recently unemployed and it’s a tender time. We had deep conversation over our deli food. She is good at finding meaning and being honest. Her presence is a gift in my life.
I am awash with gratitude for those people whose very presence is a delight!
Some delights from this week:
Dinner and a movie (The Worlds End ) with my husband
My daughter’s birthday (see above)
An old-fashioned church gathering: well-meaning people of all ages plus ice cream
Surprise lunch! (See above)
Listening to my daughter’s soccer coach encourage and advise the players
May you move toward your joy and find delight in each day.