“Animals praise a good day, a good hunt. They praise rain if they’re thirsty. That’s prayer. They don’t live an unconscious life, they simply have no language to talk about these things. But they are grateful for the good things that come along.” – Mary Oliver
“Today is life-the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto.” – Dale Carnegie
I take the girls to the dog park almost every day.
A few blocks out, Abby starts groaning with anticipation.
If no one is around, I let them off leash at the top of the hill and they barrel down the wooded path as if arriving somewhere new for the first time ever.
Every single time, enthusiasm overflowing, fresh and new joy.
We can make the ordinary daily activities extraordinary by entering them through doors of wonder and windows of awe.
Seeing the same from a different angle.
Like we’ve never been here before and that we won’t ever be in this day again.
One is in our control and the other is not.
Time is moving swiftly.
We slow it down when we savor and celebrate it while we are in it.
No where to be but here and now.
Like never before or ever again.
Praise this good day.
Plenty to be found.
“Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times.”― Aeschylus
“Remember that happiness is as contagious as gloom. It should be the first duty of those who are happy to let others know of their gladness.” – Maurice Maeterlinck
May the door to delight and awe be unlocked and open.
Letting play and fun do their work in you.
Lightening the load.
Putting down the unnecessary.
Making room for the breath of life.
Smile, laugh, let your guard down.
Rejoice and be glad in this day.
Cultivate, create, and share gladness to spark and kindle joy for others.
Be contagious with zest, enthusiasm and encouragement.
Unexpected sparks, brightest blazes.
Make it a “I got three balls in my mouth” kind of day.
“Our brightest blazes of gladness are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.”― Samuel Johnson, The Idler
“To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.”― Mark Twain
“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.”― Henry James
Two days of snow is making for good sledding and fort building conditions. On a walk with the girls last night with the snow softly falling, a boy was climbing his new snow hill in his front yard to slide. Up and down and back again. As we passed by, he stopped at the top, looked at me and asked “are you having a good day?” I said I yes and it looked like he was having a good one too. He made a good day even better.
A simple question from a boy to check on another. Pretty profound. A sense of other, of interest, of kindness. Are you having a good day? Get out of your own head and take interest in others. Connect, ask and wait for the answer. And certainly do not forget to do something fun with the piles of snow or sand, depending where you live. Divide the joy, get the full value.
Are you going to make it a good day so you can answer “Yes!” to the question? Extend a kindness to another to double the joy.
“Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca
“Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.” — Henry David Thoreau
“When it comes to the beauty of nature, time stops, the space becomes silent and the soul falls asleep while awake!”― Mehmet Murat ildan
After an off-leash romp in the woods, Abby returned wearing the woods.
And a big grin.
Sasha came up behind with the same delight.
Coats of joy.
Evidence of frolic.
A big mess to brush out.
Worth every stroke.
A release of energy and enthusiasm to generate even more.
Go off leash every day.
Untie from tasks, rushing, shoulds, have-tos, busy work, transactional.
Unbound, untethered, free-falling into felicity.
Nature invites all to the playground of expanse and exploration.
Breathe. Drink. Taste.
“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.” —Henry David Thoreau
“To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves.” —Mahatma Gandhi
“Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen.”- Orhan Pamuk
“The dog lives for the day, the hour, even the moment.” – Robert Falcon Scott
Abby loves chasing tennis balls. She’s diversifying her fun practices to include frisbee catching as well. When I went out to throw a few, she saw an opportunity to diversify further by grabbing my glove that was hanging out of my pocket and frolicking ensued. She must have sensed that I needed to lighten up and enter goofball mode, a place she and Sasha spend a lot of time in. Game on.
May we all enter goofball mode daily to lighten up, have fun, finding joy in the ordinary where it resides awaiting our attention, participation and engagement.
“Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.”― Anne Lamott
“Let the wild rumpus start!”— Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are
“Life is simple. Everything happens for you, not to you. Everything happens at exactly the right moment, neither too soon nor too late. You don’t have to like it… it’s just easier if you do.”― Byron Katie
Let your imagination roam, wander.
Allow unknowing, mystery.
Invite wonder, awe.
Embrace light, laughter.
It’s a big big big world.
Inside and out.
Explore, get lost, be found again.
Wild essential things.
“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”—The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“I am going to notice the lights of the earth, the sun and the moon and the stars, the lights of our candles as we march, the lights with which spring teases us, the light that is already present.” – Anne Lamott
“I am thankful that thus far today I have not had any unkind thoughts or said any harsh words or done anything that I regret. However, now I need to get out of bed and so things may become more difficult.” – Sylvia Boorstein
In the dailyness that is life, notice the light;
Witness the magic in the ordinary;
Participate in the day with gratitude and grace – for self and others;
Reignite your sense of humor and wonder;
Invite and allow fun into your space;
Do what is yours to do and nothing else;
Worry, fear, complaint steal too much time;
A quiet moment to reset, to renew, to begin again.
“Spirituality doesn’t look like sitting down and meditating. Spirituality looks like folding the towels in a sweet way and talking kindly to the people in the family eve though you’ve had a rough day.” – Sylvia Boorstein
“A sense of humor… is needed armor. Joy in one’s heart and some laughter on one’s lips is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life.” – Hugh Sidey
Abby was well-pleased that she was able to sneak a pair of socks outside. When I went to pick them up, she grabbed them, began flipping them in the air and the chase began. In simple things, in laughter, in silliness of something as small as this, our load lightens, and joy opens the window to let fresh air in.
Chase joy and laughter today. In a smile, in play, in simple moments, delight awaits discovery, a blessing delivered.
“Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans. It is lovely to be silly at the right moment.” – Horace