“All who joy would win must share it. Happiness was born a Twin.” – Lord Byron
“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
May joy and laughter enter each day.
Fun and frolic.
Gratitude and joy.
Silly and sassy.
Celebration in the ordinary, in reach.
To balance, to be held, to be embraced.
A choice, a decision, a gift.
Lighten up now and again, early and often.
Make it a three-tennis ball kind of day.
“He who binds to himself a joy Does the winged life destroy; But he who kisses the joy as it flies Lives in eternity’s sun rise.” – William Blake
“The excitement lies in the exploration of the world around us.” – Jim Peebles
“To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter… to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring – these are some of the rewards of the simple life.” – John Burroughs
In the ordinary and available, life lingers waiting to be found and held.
Explore, inquire, imagine.
Expand your view, lay down judgment and opinion to allow fresh thoughts and ideas to enter.
It’s a new day.
Look around, look longer, look with new eyes.
What will you learn today?
“It is quite amazing how hard the subconscious works when it is made to understand that this life is not a rehearsal, there is no safety net and no assurance of any final closure. It is also quite appalling to realize how catatonic the imagination can become when we hedge our bets, opt for the safer direction at every fork in the path.” – John Burdett
“The dog is the god of frolic.” – Henry Ward Beecher
“You have to create little pockets of joy in your life to take care of yourself.” – Jonathan Van Ness
My roommates and “life coaches” Abby and Sasha remind me daily to lighten up;
To have fun;
To be silly;
To work (chase ball) with vigor and focus;
And when done, to leave it and move on to what’s next with rapt attention;
Amidst the duties of the day, the long checklists and chasing, invite and allow frolic, laughter and folly to create pockets of joy to lift, expand and sustain.
All within reach and available.
Be swept away in ordinary delight.
“Never, ever underestimate the importance of having fun.” – Randy Pausch
“You have been my friend … That in itself is a tremendous thing.” – E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web
“Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.” – E.B. White
The brilliance of animals is that they have figured out the power of wonder.
They know how to play.
They know how to rest.
They know how to forget.
They remain in lockstep with the present.
They are accepting without question.
A model friend.
And they unselfishly share it all with humans to lift up life a trifle.
May we all be as brilliant and generous.
“By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle. Heaven knows anyone’s life can stand a little of that.” – E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web
“I am not absentminded. It is the presence of mind that makes me unaware of everything else.”― G.K. Chesterton
“Do stuff. be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. stay eager.”― Susan Sontag
Be on guard.
Observe your surroundings.
What are you thinking about?
Does it energize or drain?
Choose what serves, sustains and multiplies.
Pay attention, be present and engage.
Focus on what you can control and release the rest.
Lighten up and allow joy in.
At and in attention.
“Give yourself a gift of five minutes of contemplation in awe of everything you see around you. Go outside and turn your attention to the many miracles around you. This five-minute-a-day regimen of appreciation and gratitude will help you to focus your life in awe.” – Wayne Dyer
“One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.” – William Feather
Turn walls into bridges.
One step at a time.
Get some height to see a different view.
Create some space to explore, to dance with adventure.
Hang a new picture.
“What do you hang on the walls of your mind?” – Eve Arnold
“The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.” – Henry Ward Beecher
“Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.” – Charles Spurgeon
A simple act.
Easy to do.
Carry yourself lightly.
Lay down work at day’s end.
Weave play throughout.
Mark progress and growth.
Create joy, swim in it.
Greet each day and person with new eyes and fresh smiles.
Gratitude in extracting happiness from common things found in this very moment.
“Be thou the rainbow in the storms of life. The evening beam that smiles the clouds away, and tints tomorrow with prophetic ray.” – Lord Byron
“Celebrate life in all its glory – challenge yourself to let the routine sing, and the new dance.” – Maximillian Degenerez
“I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.” – e. e. cummings
May you say YES! again and again to joy, to delight, to wonder each and every day;
Open to awe, to surprise, to adventure;
Inviting possibility, welcoming gratitude, embracing the present moment;
Expanding, exploring, smiling with glee, steeped in grace;
YES! to leaping, to blue sky, to ears flapping in the breeze.
“Render yourself free to choose, to be, to live, to see.” – Maximillian Degenerez
“Every day is a gift from God. Learn to focus on the Giver and enjoy the gift!” – Joyce Meyer
“Opportunities present themselves every day – to everyone. You just have to be alert and ready to act.” – Marc Ostrofsky
Be on alert
Find the squirrel in the tree
The brilliance in the bounty of summer bloom
The regreening of grass from fresh rain
The gentleness in your thoughts
The compassion in your heart
The empathy in your words
The kindness in your actions
Build, create, praise
Be on alert
Your life is happening today.
“Great effort is required to arrest decay and restore vigor. One must exercise proper deliberation, plan carefully before making a move, and be alert in guarding against relapse following a renaissance.” – Horace
“If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun.” – Katharine Hepburn
“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.” – Joseph Campbell
Spend time within getting to know yourself again – thoughts, ideas, dreams. The real you.
Reacquaint with your sense of wonder and play.
Turn off autopilot and fly the plane.
Reignite the flame within, pour a little gas on it too.
Go out and play for the sake of sheer joy and delight.
No permission slip needed.
Accept the invitation.
Follow your bliss
Go in and get out