Delights of the Day for the Week

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.

In Minnesota, we are moving into autumn. Realizing that my days of getting outside are numbered, I went out to the woods last Saturday.There were wheelchair-maneuverable trails through the trees. I could lean back with branches arching over me and breathe in the green stillness.

This morning, thinking about making that experience my Delight of the Day for the Week, I remembered Shakespeare’s Greenwood Tree song from As You Like It. I looked up the words (took a detour through the non-meaning of Ducdamè), then the Donovan song I remember, then skipped through YouTube and other Greenwood songs. The 21st century is a wonderful place to be for someone like me who loves learning and research.

It’s fun to imagine Shakespeare stepping out of a time machine and witnessing his work alive 500 years after its conception.

Delights follows delight fallows delight…

Some delights from this week:

!!! The aforementioned walk in the woods

!!! A group of people being generous and open to joining another group of people

!!! Meditation – right now, I am just breathing

!!! Learning about examples of advocacy.

!!! The sound of the wind through dry leaves.

!!! Trying to encourage a fly to go outside.
May you move toward your joy and find delight in each day.