Some days can be tough. I get tired. Or I have a rough day at work. Or having to work full time is competing with (and usually winning against) having too many domestic things to do.
But on those occasional days, I look at my Joy List. I love lists. They keep me focused. They keep me in the present or they help me look ahead with hope or anticipation of things I want to do and eventually will do.
One particular list, my Joy List, is of some of very small things – things that cost nothing, nor take any time at all, really. They are just a few simple things that make me happy and give me the most profound joy. They are things that I do not and could not, take for granted. For I am well aware of how everything can change in the blink of an eye and life as you know it is turned upside down – for better or worse.
Each time I experience, even for a moment, something on my list, my soul – my entire being, is filled with gratitude and peace. And no matter what I’m doing, my body inadvertently stops, and takes a moment or so to just breathe it all in. Pure joy.
Here are a few things on my Joy List:
- Getting into a freshly made bed with crisp, clean sheets.
- The first sip of coffee in the morning.
- The smell of honeysuckle.
- The smells of sandalwood & patchouli.
- Gazing at the miracle who is my son.
- My cat, purring.
- The sounds of a harp or the bagpipes.
- Sipping red wine at it’s perfect temperature.
- Sitting in front of a fireplace with a cup of Earl Grey tea.
- The feel of washing my hair clean after a sweaty run.
- The smell of the air in the Fall (chimney smoke mingled with crispy leaves)