Daily Joys and Simple Pleasures

As you join me on my journey you will discover that at the beginning of each week  I draw a variety of words to inspire and instruct me.  Today, the first day of a writing process I guide called Focus Phrase™, I draw the word “teacher.”  The angel accompanying that word is the angel of “simplicity.”  A good and immediate lesson for me as a teaching/guide.  Then everything after that is all about love.  Even my own words for the week are, “Loving is the most unmitigatedly courageous act I perform in a day.” 

What words might guide you best in your week?  Absent any piles of words to draw from – feel free to use mine!  “All you need is love!”


Most often people think of, “I love you.”

Equally important, between friends, is “I remember you.” 

Every day I weave at least one friend in to my experience by telling them how I’ve been reminded of them or something that has happened that made me think of them.

“I remember you,” has so much meaning stacked up behind it.  Yes, we’re fully occupied.  Yes, there are lots of “to do’s” on our daily lists.  In the midst of so much pressing priority, friends get to come first in line, not last.  My dad made that point to me in his old age.  He understood and told me that he would have worked less and spent more time with his friends and family.

There’s wisdom in that.  Thank you for reading, “I remember you.”

Postpartum is from the latin and it means “after giving birth.”  Among many other things, a new mother experiencing “postpartum” will be weary, restless, achy, depressed, lacking focus. 

Many of my friends described those very same symptoms to me throughout yesterday.  It seems appropriate after laboring many weeks, anticipating, preparing and finally “giving birth” to a grand holiday experience, that this might be a visiting malady.  I know many folks give in to the immediate pleasure of eating half their weight, wet, in sweets of all sorts.  Yummy in the moment but not without its own path of following consequences.  Just last evening I made a noble attempt to make up for weeks of self control and saying “no” to hosts of sugary temptations, all in one short evening.  (I attribute it to a newly discovered recipe innocently called “Scotcheroo”).

Today is a good day, if this information is striking a resonant chord with you, to give yourself a belated holiday gift.  Be kind.  Be gentle.  Set aside any chastisement and if you aren’t feeling your best – just don’t make any major decisions today!  Revel in the holiday that you worked and invested in – and be grateful that you still think great thoughts and have numbers of opportunity for joy in this very day.

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