May 25, 2018
I recently had one of those moments where my heart filled with complete joy.
You know those moments … the ones where you look around, take a deep breath and say to yourself, “More of this, please.” And it was nothing of significance; just a simple fire roaring in our backyard, filling the air with that campfire smell and providing a little extra warmth as the night grew colder. But in that moment, I wondered to myself why we didn’t do this more.
Why don’t I do any of the little stuff that brings me such utter joy more?
I’m not talking about those big important things, like vacations or even fancy dinners out (though I do enjoy those quite a bit too).
I’m talking about those tiny little things that take almost no effort to do, yet make a profound impact on how I feel.
Asking for my latte to be served in a mug when we stop by the local coffee store
Brewing that cup of Sleepy Time tea that always relaxes me before bedtime
Having friends over to share a pizza and some laughs
Painting my nails that shade of lilac that always makes me smile
What are we so busy with that we can’t take an extra five minutes out of our day to do something that makes us so happy? Why do we commit ourselves to doing things we really don’t want to do? It’s this thought that has made me create a summer bucket list for myself. It only has one item:
True, authentic joy.