“Let joy be in your journey, not in some distant goal” – Tim Cook
If you have ever seen the movie Amelie, there’s a scene where she helps a blind man cross the street through a crowded market. As she walks with him, she calls out what she sees, from the florist who has crinkly eyes and is laughing with a customer to a baby who is avidly watching a dog that is eyeing roasted chickens in a shop window. Every time I see this scene, I tear up at the beauty of it. It is packed full of these little moments of joy as the man is escorted through the market and looped into all the things he can’t see. When Amelie leaves him at his destination, he is encompassed in a warm glowing light which signifies the pure joy he feels after his encounter.
When you’re a child, you’re consumed with simple joy. It’s everywhere because everything seems magical and beautiful. As we grow older, our focus on simple things fades but you can pull yourself back to that place of simple joy just by noticing the nuances of your experiences instead of rushing through them or tuning them out. When you are present in the moment and appreciate all of the tiny little pockets of joy that occur throughout your day, you can get the same rewarding feeling that happens when you have a big triumph or celebration. That excited, warm, comforting, uplifting feeling wraps around you and lifts your spirit, reminding you of all of the beautiful things you have to be thankful for.
Even when times are hard.
Especially when times are hard.
So, the next time you’re doing something seemingly mundane, stop to think about how it feels, sounds, tastes, smells, looks. Get wrapped up in the moment and allow joy to take hold. It takes practice, but once you start to slow down and appreciate all of the beauty in your life, you’ll look around and see how truly blessed you are.
Creating small moments of joy is actually one of my fave forms of self-care. See what the others are here.