Have you thought about the everyday things in life that bring you joy?
Music connects me to my soul in ways that nothing else can. Heated seats, even in California, is a wonderful simple pleasure. Coffee may have replaced blood in my veins...LOVE IT! Chocolate is a daily ritual...it MUST be dark! Running somewhere beautiful like the beach or in the mountains.
Time with friends laughing and sharing. Collecting lotions and luxurious soaps has become quite an addiction. I can close my eyes and pretend I'm on vacation or at the spa with just a shower and a slathering of something delicious on my body. Photos of my family and friends are also an obsession. On vacations or special outings I take hundreds of digital pictures. I love them! I think it stems from being the fourth child with only a handful of pictures and one album of my childhood to show for it.
Candles, candles everywhere...by my front door, on my dining room table, over every fireplace, in the bathrooms, kitchen, bedrooms...really they are everywhere! They make me SO happy. I light them several times a day. They make even the most everyday events seem more special.
Watching my kids laugh instantly fills me with joy. When they show genuine kindness like bringing me their favorite blanket and teddy when I feel sick, or show compassion for a homeless person, or ask to pray because an ambulance just went whizzing by. Sneaking in to steal kisses as my 11,9, and 6 year old sleep. I can't resist making sure they are still breathing.
I love eating new foods, riding bikes in the rain, pretending to sing like my favorite artists, getting sweaty and dirty doing something new and adventurous, exploring trails, play dates with my husband, movie night and pizza with my family. I love our little house that is just the right size for us. We can walk to school, walk to our little downtown, play with neighborhood kids, and comfortably be outside 12 months of the year.
Looking at all of these simple pleasures and realizing that these are just the tip of the iceberg I stand amazed! Sometimes busyness disconnects me from experiencing the simple pleasures in my life. Then I take the time to engage and find joy in the everyday moments and listen to my soul. Deep down I know the truth...God is present in these simple pleasures, and He is so good!