Those everyday fabulous moments are what make life worth living. Sometimes carving out a little time to appreciate the simplest of pleasures can feel like a gargantuan task amidst the busyness of work, keeping a home and all the other things that chip away at our waking day.
For each of us the simplest of pleasures may vary. For you it could be writing in your journal, trying a new recipe or watering your plants. Stop for a moment to think about one or two of those simple pleasures that bring you joy. When you’re conscious and appreciative of the small everyday fabulous moments, the universe has a way of bringing you even more moments of pleasure.
Somedays just seem to be filled with small simple pleasures. Other days can whizz by in the blink of an eye. There are days when you’re in the centre of the whirlwind spinning uncontrollably without a moment to spare. From the moment you wake you are tidying, cooking, rushing, doing emails, the list goes on.
From time to time it helps to just acknowledge the chaos. Take a breath and accept. I’m not saying accept anything that is thrown at you. Just to accept that sometimes chaos comes your way. Acknowledge and accept those chaotic moments. Take a breath and choose how you are going to respond. Do you A, Get stressed, frustrated and swept along by the daily grind? OR B, Make a list of priorities, then calmly deal with the situation. Option B takes a little practice to make it a habit. To remember that you have a choice is the first step.
Feed your soul
A simple pleasure for you might be cooking for comfort. Get out your favourite cookbook, find a recipe you haven’t tried. Stop by your local food market, pick up some fresh strawberries. The simplest of pleasures can change the course of the day. Meal times are a great excuse to inject a little pleasure. Make breakfast, lunch and dinner time an opportunity to feed your soul. An act as simple as picking a few fresh basil leaves from your garden to garnish a homemade soup can make all the difference.
‘I’d rather have flowers on my table, than diamonds on my neck’ -Emma Goldman
I’d had a few rough days and didn’t feel all that well, sniffling and on the verge of a cold. An impromptu meeting with my dearest Mother changed the course of my week. We met and chatted and I was handed a beautiful bunch of peonies! There’s really no greater pleasure for me than the joy of a beautiful bunch of fresh flowers. As the bulbs opened the peonies turned from a bright deep coral to a very pale peachy colour. Arranging the peonies brought me so much pleasure. It really is the simplest of pleasures that can transform your day or even your whole week. Wishing you all a peaceful weekend filled with simple pleasures.
‘Let us imagine care of the soul, then, as an application of poetics to everyday life’ -Thomas Moore