All in Simple Pleasures

Simple Pleasures

But that confidence - that confidence that made me certain of my courage, that made me feel weightless and boundless and free - that confidence feels muted in comparison to how it once was. And I miss it.

Maybe that’s because that is how it is supposed to be. Maybe that is youth. Maybe that is mostly just dangerous and improbable. So it dulls with time to protect us and ours. Maybe this confidence I feel now - a greater confidence in who I AM, my worth, what I have to offer and contribute - is a trade off for that wildness that once was. I guess we shall see. But I’ve been thinking about it.

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For me, weather feels like a time travel. A particular quality of air, a certain smell of plant on a breeze, the temperature that either makes my skin bead with sweat or prickle with goosebumps - my mind flashes with recollections, my heart pangs tenderly with nostalgia. It is said that smells do this to us, ignite our senses to trigger memory - but, I think the weather rivals the olfactory. 

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I’m in full on Pride mode this week! I’ve been doubling down on my queer culture reading, documentary watching, music listening, art seeking, researching, and idolizing my LGBTQ elders, movers, shakers, and community members.

This part of me, this community, makes my life rich, dynamic, and special. I’m grateful for it everyday, and wouldn’t give it up for the world. 

I hope you all have community you feel your belonging to deep in your bones.

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Another fresh morning… If ever I am wondering “what to do? what to do?” This nugget of wisdom never fails to give me guidance. 

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."

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I came across this concept a month or two ago - overwhelm is a form of self-importance. Now, I don’t think that is universally true. There is genuine anxiety and panic, and there are moments, particularly as a mother to a small child, when demands that stretch you painfully thin are necessity. However, reflecting on this idea when I am in the throws of overwhelm, I have found truth in this idea. I have found that quite a bit of it is my own aggrandizing. Life will not come to a halt should I delay doing some task on a long list. The world will not stop turning if I say “enough” and call it quits on working for the day, or cancel a plan.

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“Edit your life frequently and ruthlessly, it is your masterpiece after all.”

Anytime I am in doubt about the choices that I am making, it reminds me that for as long as my heart is beating, and my mind is moving, that I have a choice and a chance to make another change. It keeps me remembering that I shouldn’t be fearful to continue trying new things, following new paths, uncovering new truths. This life is the real deal. This is not a trial run. This is the masterpiece.

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This thing I thought ridiculous before, so quickly proved to not be cheesy in the least, but to be a catalyst to a mindset shift. It started out as sitting down at the end of a day to reflect on what bits I was grateful for. And now I realize, I no longer have to reflect so pointedly, because this has become the lens with which I now view. I feel the appreciation and reverence for these bits wash through me in real time. As they’re happening I am able to see them for the wonders that they are.

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This is the weekend we will plant our outdoor garden. I have our seeds and our starts all prepped and ready. My pocket moleskin is full of our plans. I am eager for it. 

For me, it has been a week where joy has come easy. There was fun and beauty. My mind felt open and in flow, without much scattering or agitation. My emotions felt light, yet grounded. There is life literally bursting from every space around me. I feel appreciative. It was a sweet week.

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There are the great joys of life that couldn’t be missed if we tried. But if you squint you will see the more subtle ones. There is the grand scheme, and there is the small picture. If you squint long enough, for enough times, that is the life that will come into focus. The beauty, the joy, the peace - it’s all there, though, sometimes veiled and buried under the rough barrage of this thing called life.

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“What you do today is important, it is important because you are trading a day of your life for it.” - this is one of the reminders I have displayed to see as I start my days. It helps to remind me to see this time for what it is. To see its significance.

Taking inventory of the joy in my life helps me to feel like I am honoring that.

I hope you find joy at every turn.

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I hope your morning brought with it some sense of peace and perhaps eagerness for the day and days ahead. And if that has eluded you, in those moments of its absence I help myself to recall this wisdom … “Ego says, “Once everything falls into place, I'll feel peace.” Spirit says, “Find your peace, and then everything will fall into place.”

These simple, ordinary, everyday things help to bring me there…

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This week, here where I am, winter is clinging vehemently. With each day that the warmth seeps through to reach us, winter pushes back in desperation. It howls it’s wind, as though screaming to not be left behind. It flurries down upon us, trying with might to blanket us in its self-importance. To make sure that, though you may move about with your days of your life, it will remain there, a steady presence to be reckoned with. But we know that this period just requires some patience. Requires some grace on our part to progress past this

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This is a series that I intend to share on Fridays, a day that many of us are slowing down, perhaps starting to feel our tightly wound coils loosen in some reprieve. Hopefully, you have a day of rest coming soon. Hopefully, you are able to calm some space to pause to take notice of the simple pleasures that adorn your life. Those small, simple, everyday things that set spark to the dreary.