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I keep finding treasures from place to place that I visit throughout my day.
I’m calmer, it’s easier to actively listen to people, I put more attention into what I do.
LIfe has been a bit hectic lately and I also work FT 4 days a week in an office. However, on my down time I normally always seek out daily treasures outdoors. It brings me a lot of joy!
Then all falls still in awe. One must be able to bear it.
I feel grateful. I feel blessed. I feel peaceful.
I feel more alert and energized, just like a quick nap.
It’s a subtle shift. I wouldn’t say it
completely changes my perspective.
What it does do, is move the needle
a little closer to the middle.
A while back I read Ross Gay’s “The Book of Delights,” a collection of “essayettes” on delights he found in each day. I started noting the day’s delights in my journal. Weeks later I can flip back to a day, read the list of delights, and remember the feelings and sensory experiences in those moments. Basically, by seeking delights I find delights in each and every day and I make them memorable by really paying attention to them. This morning, a flicker called just outside my window while I lay in bed before getting up. First delight of the day and I wasn’t even up yet.
Thank you, Barb!! You always have something to offer…and thank you! I am going to look up Ross Gay’s book. What a wonderful idea to keep a journal of our everyday delights or joys! I also now read poetry because of your suggestions – something that I was never inclined to do. Blessings to you for a joyful day!!
I love this. I will try to take a cue from you and Ross Gay and keep my eyes open for delights today. Thank you!
I’m able to live with more acceptance, wonder, compassion and joy.
I notice how much happier I am and how much I actually have. For instance today I started the day with this mentality and noticed that I was surrounded by amazing friends and a fantastic family who all take care of me especially when I need them most but even when I am perfectly content and healthy. They are there for all the ups and downs and I am so appreciative of them for that.
My joy in the day and all my Blessings just grow. There is so much in life to be thankful for and to recognize daily. It is warm today, humid…and currently cloudy. I am going to make the most of the clouds and get outside and mow a bit. Peter is doing the weed “eating” now with the string machine…Ahh summer….I am thankful for all the seasons and all that each brings. Yesterday, the Farmer’s market had beautiful tomatoes…Yummy…a burst of sunshine in a tomatoe sandwhich today. Hello and Blessings to all who join here!
I like the way I feel very present and the pressures of that moment fade away. Peace and serenity invade.
I travel through the day more aware and find it easier to challenge my monkey mind which always has an opinion!
Sometimes I can feel myself relax, and contentment seeps into me. Like last evening, eating at the outdoor table, watching the sunset on the grass and seeing the Canada geese strolling slowly in a line down the road. I usually am annoyed by their presence, but at that moment they seemed as serene and calm as their surroundings.
We walk from our house to the farmers’ market every Saturday along a bay where we see many birds. Whenever we see the flock of Canadian geese that frequent a particular grassy spot we refer to “our Canadian visitors”.
With joy! Daily walks at the beach, greetings and talks with friends and neighbors, light gardening, watching birds, small projects, reading and sitting outdoors are all daily treasures.
My relationships with everything and everyone changes.
Thank you all for your responses; so much beauty and inspiration here. I love imagining your days through your words.
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