March 29, 2016
A Day’s Worth of Simple Pleasures
Photo credit: Brent Cumminger, Bella Grace Issue 6
“For the great doesn’t happen through impulse alone, and is a succession of little things that are brought together.”
—Vincent van Gogh
A text from my college girl — my daughter — got me thinking about how I find sunlight in my day, no matter what the weather forecast is.
Daughter: Good Morning Mama! sun is not out, but I am. @class lu xo
Me: Find sun in your day — an Iced Mocha, try something new @lunch, sing lu xox
I texted my girl a list of ideas and then thought about my own go-to list of simple pleasures. No matter what type of weather Mother Nature has in store, here are a few ways I add sunlight to my day.
I love to start my day by adding Orange Marmalade on my toasted English muffin. I smile, as the muffin’s craters fill with butter and the citrus jelly dribbles and spreads. It tastes like sunshine on a muffin, which resembles the moon.
I wash my face with a fruit infused soap. The lather and perfume are rich with the scent of berries and cream. I imagine I am walking a path in the forest and plucking wild berries, as the sunlight gently pats me on my head.
I gather herbs and put them into little vases on my windowsill. Their perfume entices me to find new recipes to try and plan a party. A pinch of their flavor brightens and adds magic to everything it touches.
I get my snail mail ready and write a quick note to someone I love. I add a quote. This one is a favorite:
“You are so much sunshine to a square inch.”
— Walt Whitman
I grab pouches of tea and tuck them in my purse. Earl Grey tea calms me. Midday, I have a cup of quiet reflection. It has become a daily ritual I enjoy.
I keep a book with me at all times. Inside, I mark special passages with polka dot ribbons. Words connect my spirit and spark memories. When I need a bit of joy, I open the book and find a passage that moves me.
If I follow through with my fitness plan, two or three squares of a uniquely delicious chocolate I found is my reward. This chocolate is dark and rich with a hint of crystallized ginger. The sweet n’ hot combination is a surprise and awakens my senses.
Music connects my heart strings to my father. Recently, I had his guitar restrung. I sit and strum his cherished Madera, feel his presence, and hear his laughter. It warms my heart to sing a song he loved.
Late afternoon, I take a nature walk with my puppy, Maggie. I notice signs in nature, the formation of the clouds, how moss looks like a galaxy of green stars, and the joy of a bird perched on a branch tweeting a song. I snap photos with my phone and try to capture my puppy’s joy, or take a picture of a special rock, a ladybug, or a flower getting ready to bloom.
In the evening, I color. I gather beautiful colored pencils, an adult coloring book, and arrange the colors by theme. Today, I color flowers with a sunset theme: peach, poppy, mango, and lavender. It is a simple pleasure, which makes my inner child smile.
When I watch TV, I apply a rich moisturizer to my elbows, hands, and knees. It is a thick, almond, bee-scented cream. It reminds me of a candy I loved as a child called Bit-O-Honey.
Weather permitting, I go outside for a walk and say goodnight to the moon. If the moon isn’t out or the weather is stormy, I glance at a timeworn copy of Goodnight Moon on my night stand. I cherish the cozy and warm moments shared with my kids, reading stories.
Finally, I text my son and daughter goodnight. I know love is what warms my spirit and makes my heart shine. The energy of hope, joy, and love offer me the most pleasure in my day — no matter what the weather patterns in my life have in store.
Ella Wilson is a mixed-media artist who tries to find calmness and beauty in various facets of her day. Visit her blog at ellasedge.blogspot.com, find her on Twitter and Instagram @ellasedge, and visit her Etsy shop at Ellasedge.etsy.com.