Making Time for Small and Simple Pleasures

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I have a question for you. What is something very small or small that brings you great joy? Consider something experiential more than material. Today’s reflection is a simple one.  If you stay with me, I promise you will come away smiling. I love the word Recreation. Recreation is defined by the Miriam Webster dictionary as follows:  refreshment of strength and spirits after work; also : a means of refreshment or diversion. I see in the word recreation Re- Create, and  long to re-create myself when I feel the day’s weariness cover me like a heavy blanket.

What do you do that helps you feel re-created? 

There are lots of answers you could say, and I know for me,  I could give you an exhaustive list of all the things that I enjoy, from pedicures to petting purring cats. These are simple pleasures for sure. I could also say that my daily quiet time is a valid renewal opportunity, and it is. But, I am not really talking about any of these. It’s even simpler. And I rarely let a day go by where I do not make time for it, and the return is a refreshed version of me. It takes but a few minutes, sometimes more, sometimes as little as 10-15 minutes.

Let me ask you what small simple pleasure do you indulge in daily that refreshes you? 

Daily, after all my work is done there is a simple pleasure I enjoy. Most days even if I have not checked off all my To – do’s, but certainly once I have, I settle down for a cup of tea, or cocoa or something that says “Me-Time”. I might read, I might stare out the window, I might pray or not, I just sit and do nothing most times. I just be. Because, I am that:  a being person, not only a doing  person. I wonder if the person who came up with the term human being, started out with human doing and then thought better of it. Maybe it was an intentional grammatical statement. I don’t know, I have not researched it. But every once in awhile…especially on Friday, I think it is good to be reminded, to take time and remember you are a being and not a doing. 

 

 

A Practical Tip: 

Do you allow yourself a simple daily pleasure. Something that requires nothing of you, that is just for you? If you don’t you need to. Right now. Don’t tell me, you will put it in the planner for tomorrow. Now. Just do it. It has to be a) something you enjoy b) something simple to access  c) must be something that can be done daily. d) it must not depend on anyone else

Create your own Simple Daily Pleasure Routine or make a list of favorite things to do ( your Simple Daily Pleasure List / Me Time Activities) and choose from the list daily based on your time or availability to access.

In case you need more simple pleasures and  reminders of what they might be: 8 Simple Pleasures Your Forgetting to Enjoy on Huffington Post

Quotes to Ponder: 

“Herein lies one of the key problems. If women were convinced that a day off or an hour of solitude was a reasonable ambition, they would find a way of attaining it. As it is, they feel so unjustified in their demand that they rarely make the attempt. ” ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“The trick is to enjoy life. Don’t wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead.” ~Marjorie Pay Hinckley

“Every person, especially every woman, should be alone sometime during the year, some part of each week, and each day. How revolutionary that sounds and impossible of attainment.”~Anne Morrow Lindbergh

 

A  Prayer for  Today:  Lord, thank you that you created us for union and communion, fellowship and solitude. You created us, each one, and love us as if we were the only one. You alone are God. Help us find simple pleasures that bring us joy in our daily routines. Help us balance being busy and being still, being with others and being alone. Let us rely on you for our identity and affirmation, recognizing that we are not what we do. But, in You we live and move and have our being. Amen.

 

Tomorrow we will wrap up our Top Planner Posts with # ‘s 7-10! 

This is Day 24 of the series Planning with Purpose: 31 Days of Planner Tips

I wrote an INTRO POST here explaining everything!

I have also made designated a PAGE for it. Hope this makes it easy. I am happy to tackle a topic, or issue with regard to your planner habits.

Feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me. 

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I pray this series is a blessing to you. 

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