Monday, March 30, 2015

Take delight in something today


“Nothing in the world is permanent, and we’re foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we’re still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have it.”
W. Somerset Maugham
"Teach us delight in simple things And mirth that has no bitter springs; Forgiveness free of evil done, And love to all men 'neath the sun!" (Joseph) Rudyard Kipling

Saturday, March 28, 2015


Ah, enjoyment. The state or process of taking pleasure in something. La vie en rose. Joie de vivre. Maurice Chevalier sings about it- enjoy it!
Ah, the joy of living in the sunlight, singing in the moonlight: (go ahead- give your cares a boot!)
Or take the advice of Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney- don't worry:
Although you might be more of a Bob Marley fan:

It all comes down to taking delight it the simple joys of living. The scent of a flower, the sound of a child's laugh or your favorite song, the feel of soft sunlight or a furry puppy or kitty on your skin, the taste of a fresh apple, the sight of a beautiful landscape. Take a moment today and notice the joy of your senses.


Life can be terribly hard and complicated. There are stealthy demands on who we should be and what we should be doing. The push always seems to be more, to do more, to earn more, more, more, more.

But more can leave us with burdens we were never meant to carry. Perhaps a life lived sencillo-
simple, easy, straightforward, easygoing, simple-hearted, quiet- would leave us happier and lighter.
This doesn't mean there won't be murky waters. It means we calmly arise through the waters like the lotus. It doesn't mean life won't get crazy or hectic. It means we move from a place of centeredness and peace. Like it states in Isaiah (26:3) "You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You."
It is a subtle shift away from the pressure of the more and towards the simple gratitude and enjoyment of what is. A focus on the good, a focus on the pleasures of everyday life, a focus on being in the moment, and making life pleasurable for ourselves and those around us.