Sunday, April 29, 2018

small joys

Joy: pleasure, bliss, delight, elation...and it is transient in nature. 

One characteristic which defines me is that I am able to find joy in everyday items and experiences.  My first cup of coffee will be enough to give me hope for the day, at least until reality sets in with its onerous tasks or problems to manage.  Then caffeine hits my bloodstream and I'll whip up a "TO DO" list in no time.  

My Dad had a very good attitude about life and I think I either learned it or inherited it.  He was able to access a deep-seated source of joy in his faith, and had a quirky sense of humor.  We spent lots of time together in the mornings, as we were both early risers.  Those mornings were filled with music, reading, and talks about life.  Oh, and coffee (or tea when I was younger). 

What also came my way was depression, that black dog so many of us wrestle with.  It is the other side of joy, and I keep a leash handy to manage him when this dog visits me.  Did you know that Winston Churchill used the phrase "black dog" to explain his own dark moods?  

I believe that joy resides within but gets blocked by circumstance. We keep mementos, knick-knacks, trifles, and art to remind us to allow joy. Today's small joys:
Underwear should be fun!

Guarding the microwave.

The most fun, EVER.
Lena the javelina,
geode and I since 1980
   
and the real deal across the street.

12 comments:

  1. I love the photos of your joy-bringers – and had to laugh at the underwear!

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    1. My husband says they are my Daisy Mae panties and bra. His tastes run toward lace etc...

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  2. Love the photos of all the joys.. Fantastic..
    Depression is a terrible thing..My heart and prayers are with you.. My granddaughter[who has the seizures] has
    really had a rough time with depression. She is doing much better now, but it was a rough couple years..
    Hope you have a wonderful week.

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    1. Judy, I hope your granddaughter improves. Have her seizures gotten under control? I have had depression my whole life-it is just something I manage with meds, exercise, food :-). It is genetic I believe.

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  3. I love thinking of the everyday things that give joy, Mary. When I think of what I love I think of the magpies singing on my deck, I think of a shower (particularly after a day at the beach) and my son. I don't have depression but anxiety gets me sometimes or lots. I love the little javelinas... I'm not sure what they are but I'm going to look them up!

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    1. Did you look up javelinas? They look like pigs but are not in that family. They are collared peccaries.

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  4. It's always a joy to see others joys. Grif is looking terribly handsome and don't the javelina's remind you of adolescent street gangs? Lena is adorable. Artist? You?

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    1. Griff is super handsome, especially when not zooming around. and no, not my work though I wish!

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  5. I, too love to think of everything that gives joy. One of my favorite joys in life is the ever so loving and wacky Pika. She really helps so much, no matter what kind of mood I am feeling. Also having depression for a long time in my life, it really helps for me to meditate as well as doing the things that I love to do the most- sewing, reading, knitting, planting flowers on my tiny deck and of course cooking. Grif is such a wonderful and handsome pup!

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    1. How is your move coming along? Remember to update me with your contact info, k?

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  6. Finding joy in the "little things" is definitely the only way to get through the day.

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