Where do you find joy?
I used to think happiness occurred in a constant stream. Once I found it I would have it forever in my possession.
One time I “graded” each day – yes A through D ( no F’s allowed) on the blessings I experienced – this helped me live more in grateful gladness.
Do we have to wait for the big celebrations and mountaintop encounters to smile, to enjoy, to dance with delight?
“Sometimes, the simple things are more fun and meaningful
than all the banquets in the world.”
― E.A. Bucchianeri
This spring I have been collecting moments of wonder. I hold these in my heart, gleefully grateful to God. I surprise my face by smiling unexpectedly. I am thriving in thrills otherwise unnoticed.
Detecting delight delivers depth to my being.
Here are just a few of the simple joys I recently welcomed and embraced:
My one and only daffodil in my yard. Yes, I love their sunny cherry appearance every spring. Why do I have only one? Well, we dug up our flower beds last year and I didn’t do a great job of transplanting the bulbs – in addition to not having many planted initially. Note to self: plant lots of daffodils in fall.
I re-fell in love with my hubby this spring. See this uncut clump of grass? He noticed a rabbit’s nest in the middle of the yard and carefully avoided mowing around them until they grew and hopped away from their nest. Love his tenderness to creatures around us.
Thanks to my friend Lynn I now have a start of Lilly of the Valley in my backyard garden. I love their dainty bells and as I watch them takes root in the dirt, I smile at God’s creativity.
I shared a few weeks ago my story about Lucy, the robin who struggled to build a nest near my office. Three little heads bobbed up and down now – new life!
Back to my garden – my early peony is blooming – late due to the cooler wet weather. She was a gift from my good friend, Esther who lived 99 ½ years!
All the flowering trees also bring gladness to my heart and my allergies. Some joys come with challenges too.
Someone mentioned radishes to me a while back. I am not normally a radish fan but have been really enjoying them on my salads lately. And when it comes to joy in the mouth, I have to also list blueberries and cucumbers too. Ahhh, spring and summer will explode with tasty delights soon!
Look around! What simple joys are you taking into your soul?
Linda Stoll says
Jean … oh yes please to simple joys, moments of sheer wonder, the delights of a heart overflowing with gratitude right in the middle of the dailyness.
Denise Maryott says
The joy I find today seeing my laundry room hampers empty knowing my laundry is done for a few days!
Looking out into my back yard I see many Quail walking on the top of my walk and see my roses in bloom!
Jean Wise says
Quail? how cool is that. My roses are just greening up. I bet I need a month or so yet before any will bloom. A cool wet spring in Ohio. And love the empty laundry hampers – that is a neat joy to behold.
Nancy Ruegg says
I was gifted a new journal in 2017 and decided to record at least one small blessing each day. Now it’s fun to go back and read what was happening the same week on the calendar for the two previous years. Just this Tuesday I recorded that our two-year old granddaughter is picking up language rapidly now, putting short sentences together. Such a delight to be able to communicate with her a little bit! (Praise God for that ability!)
Jean Wise says
That is a great practice Nancy and how neat to look back onto that list too. Now that IS full of joy!
Lisa notes says
I love the simple joys that you found, Jean. They would bring me delight too! I’ve been finding joy today as I watch my grandbaby delight in simple joys. The smallest little detail catches her attention; the whole world is new to her. It’s refreshing to see the world again through her own eyes, even if second hand.
Jean Wise says
I so agree, Lisa. Seeing the world through the eyes of a child opens us up to all of God’s wonders. There is a joy and glee watching and being with them.