As I go through my day, I watch for moments when the corners of my mouth turn up and my heart lifts. I note these moments of delight in my journal and consider their patterns here. I encourage you to be on the lookout for your Delight of the Day.
January is joy month – the month I rededicate myself to the kind promise: I will live joyfully without reason.
In Minnesota, we’ve been enduring Arctic blasts with temperatures below zero. Snow may be thick on the ground, but joy is not. It’s hard to be cheerful when you’re trying not to die from the cold.
The other day I was heading to a support group grumbling, “if it weren’t for (we’ll call her Susan), I wouldn’t be going out in this cold and snow!” As I cantankered myself out the door I thought about how I was going to support someone I think is less fortunate than me. Another woman in the group shows up because she feels sorry for me… Probably someone else in the group shows up to support her. So Roger is there for Pat who is there for Kate who is there for Susan…
Well, of course: it’s a support group! What else should we be doing except showing up for each other? Really, in all of humanity, what else should we be doing?!
I went on my way with a smile.
Other delights this week include:
Sleeping in until 8:30 AM
Watching the movie: The Hundred-Foot Journey as a family
Volunteering in the ESL classroom – new students’ optimism and bravery
Writing a blog post and discovering my mission for the year (for life?)
Returning to routine after the holidays
Hearing my friend Bebe’s rich, dark chocolate voice on the phone
May you find delight in each day.