An Ode to Joy

Bloganuary asks “What Brings You Joy in Life?”

Joy is a habit to be cultivated, in spite of its foreboding nature. I recently explored this phenomenon of reluctance to embrace joy and its fleeting nature due to the defence mechanism we employ to soften disappointment when it passes. It is also an aspect of yesterday’s reflection on “lost treasure” – the capacity to attend fully to the present moment in an awareness of an interconnected and purposeful universe.

So what Ode to Joy might I offer on this hot and sleepy summer’s day (the local indigenous season of Birak) in the outer suburbs of Perth, Western Australia?

Six senses of joy in this moment
The caress of the desk fan cooling my skin
The aftertaste of breakfast blueberries on my cereal
The waft of Vicks clearing my sinuses
The sight of an orderly mess on my desk, promising engagement with today’s projects
The peaceful sound of silence from a nearby highway
The instinct that “All is well, and all shall be well.”

Published by wonderingpilgrim

Not really retired but reshaped and reshaping. Now a pilgrim at large ready to engage with what each day brings.

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