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Daily Joys and Simple Pleasures

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I pulled the box of mold-made Italian papers from my drawer.  I was writing a letter to a friend and I wanted to make it extra special.  It wasn’t her birthday.  It wasn’t a holiday.  I wasn’t celebrating anything in particular except that I was so happy to have her as  a friend.  That’s a party all on it’s own.

I loved how my pen felt on the beautiful paper.  My words, on their own, were fairly ordinary.  But they looked elegant.  I felt excited when I popped the letter through the mail slot at the post office.  

I want to invite you to indulge in the simple pleasure of choosing one of your precious friends and writing  them a little fan letter.  Let them know how much you appreciate them.  And write it in ink, with your hand, on paper.  How long  has it been since there was a sweet appreciation in YOUR mail box?  Wouldn’t it be nice.  Give someone the gift of an envelope  delivered to their home that isn’t a bill, a solication or mass mailing.  Just a personal message from your heart.

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“Crazy busy,” is a frequently used phrase in the social media “status” bar.  It seems like nearly everyone is zipping and moving faster than ever before.  Rather than a letter taking days to arrive at our friend’s doorstep, there is an INSTANT message.  And it seems so much of the items knocking on the door of our day want an instant response. 

Warp speed.  Hmmmm.  People are beginning to express that fast doesn’t really equal quality, or excellence.  There’s a case to be made for careful, purposeful examination of a project. How differently might my day have been a few weeks ago if I had taken a few more moments to review that radio interview commitment?   I know for sure I wouldn’t have set my alarm for 4 AM and been sitting at my studio desk at 5:15 AM for a radio interview that was clearly scheduled for 12 hours later.  My publicist kindly wrote to my inquiry of, “What happened?” a note that affirmed, “You KNOW it was for 5:30 PM, right?”  I wrote back,

 
I KNOW NOW.
silly, silly me.
Saw an “A”
when it really was a “P.”

Warp speed is really helpful when running a sprint.  When managing memo’s and planning your day: not so much.  Try it.  Let’s try it together…slooooow down.  Breathe.  And do ONE thing at a time.  Just see what happens. 

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Did you laugh and say, “What resolutions?”

If you are trying to remember what your resolutions WERE at the start of the year…no worries.  I have great news:  tonight at midnight it moves from Today into Tomorrow.  We could even make a case that tomorrow COULD begin a whole new year.  Your start of something new and exciting and healthy does not have to be tied to January first.  So let me deliver the good news in a different way,

“You can see the way to begin.  Begin!  Simply begin.”

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Each room hold laughter and every window open to great possibility.

I love going home!   I love being home.  I consider my home a sanctuary and a wonderful place to restore and renew and rest.  While I cannot once every recall being called a domestic goddess by anyone…I do consider the opportunity to do housework an investment in my joy. 

That said – I must also confess cleaning is not my favorite thing. But I love the result and the outcomes and have strategized, over the years, certain attitudes to make the tasks something I want to do.  One’s attitude toward any thing – house work, school work or tax work – can be based on a commitment toward an outcome, not the actual task itself.  And
a clean and tidy house is an outcome I treasure. 
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