It's as if I was thinking that I could keep all those beautiful moments collected in a jar, opening the lid whenever I need a little sunshine. Sure that's a nice idea, but I can't collect sunshine in a jar.
Every bouquet of flowers I bring in will only last so long. Every colander full of tomatoes will eventually be eaten.
I can fight against reality, against the progression of the seasons, against bad news, against a rainy day, or I can find the joy in each present reality.
Lately I've been writing mantras on scraps of paper and hanging them on a shelf in my studio with some washi tape.
They're reminders for me. Words I need to hear.
- cultivate stillness
- kindle gratitude
- savor now
and my newest: "embrace what is"
It's one I really needed. Embrace what is. There is beauty, there is joy, there is grace in the present reality. Even if it is difficult. Even when I wish that things were different than they are. Now is all that we ever have. Now. The choice is mine. Do I fight it or do I embrace it.
My joy list for today:
- my kitty purring on my lap while I type
- collecting acorns on our walks
- a steaming hot mug of coffee
- a streak of orange in the maple tree in the backyard
- rearranging my studio
- morning fog
- tomatoes waiting in the kitchen
What about you? What will you put on your joy list today?