As we start to see the end of summer in our sights, let's remember to embrace those little joys of life. Lightning bugs, lazy afternoons at the pool, chaos of the littles home without a schedule, grilling out, time for travel - take a deep breath and enjoy your joy.
Over the past week or so, I have been fortunate to explore Scotland with my friend Nissa. What an incredible opportunity and so much fun! I feel such gratitude to go experience the world. I hope you have the same sense of intersection between joy and gratitude, whether travel or something else you love - may today have a gift for you. May every day have a gift for you. And may you have the grace to see it.
In her poem "Don't Hesitate" - Mary Oliver says so beautifully:
If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don't hesitate. Give in to it. There are plenty of lives and whole towns destroyed or about to be. We are not wise, and not very often kind. And much can never be redeemed. Still, life has some possibility left. Perhaps this is its way of fighting back, that sometimes something happens better than all the riches or power of the world. It could be anything, but very likely you notice it in the instant that love begins. Anyway, that's often the case. Anyway, whatever it is, don't be afraid of its plenty. Joy is not made to be a crumb.
Take a moment right now to embrace your joy, to name your gratitude. Don't be afraid of its plenty. Don't allow joy to be the crumbs of your life. Linger in this moment, for all too soon it is gone.