2024: A 12 months of Enjoyment of Small Issues

First, and most significantly, HAPPY NEW YEAR! After all, everyone knows, it’s actually simply one other day, the “yr” idea being an arbitrary development of our mind’s want for order. However, hey: “Simply one other day?” Perhaps there’s no such factor. Not “simply one other day,” however HOLY S___!, WE GET ANOTHER DAY!!!!

2023 has not been my greatest yr. And but, as I’ve mentioned numerous occasions, I’m not useless but. I mentioned that as a joke initially, however as time went on I discovered to understand it for what it truly is: A privilege and an honor to get up each morning, in a life the place I’m not homeless, ravenous, or underneath siege.

That’s my dedication for the New 12 months, to savor and enjoyment of all that I’ve. Not simply at the moment, and even each morning once I write in my gratitude journal, however second by second.

I’m impressed by Ross Homosexual’s e book, The Guide of Delights,  through which the award-winning poet evokes us to inhale the small and wondrous issues which encompass us. My checklist is infinite. The scent of Skip’s paws. The velvet delicate fur between Maggie’s eyebrows. The blue of Jim’s eyes. The white, orange, and yellow colours of the dietary supplements I take. (Admittedly, the sheer amount of them makes {that a} push.)

However, then. There’s the good writing in my new favourite novelist’s e book: Ariel Lawhon’s The Frozen River. The inexperienced shoots of tulips arising within the bulb backyard sitting on our eating room desk from White Flower Farm. Skip standing on his hind legs, unable to include his pleasure, as I open the door on the best way to the sheep.

As I mentioned, the checklist is infinite. Ross Homosexual suggests calling out DELIGHT! to buddies or to your self when one thing strikes you, as a solution to entrain appreciation within the small wonders of the world. What a beautiful factor to do.

This is not going to save the earth, finish wars, feed the ravenous, or rescue the struggling, irrespective of the species. We’re all referred to as to do what we are able to, irrespective of how small, to proper the wrongs of the world. We should, merely should, if we’re in any respect ready, do one thing to attempt to assist others frequently. However that doesn’t imply it’s improper to savor what is sweet, not simply the tiny issues, however particularly the tiny issues. To buoy ourselves up lest we get pulled down by the riptide of all that’s improper.

Final yr my New 12 months’s put up centered on how I needed to really feel in 2023, not a lot what I needed to perform. I nonetheless love that perspective. Right here’s what I needed: To really feel Beloved and Loving. Amused. Curious. Delighted. Awed.

And, Energetic.

Whoops, mentioned the girl who developed Epstein Barr-related Power Fatigue Syndrome in early 2023, together with a boring bunch of different stuff. Ah, the irony. However hey, 5 out of six isn’t unhealthy.

And all of the extra cause to be taught to savor what we do have, irrespective of how inconsequential it may appear on the time. You by no means know.

So. DELIGHT is my Phrase, my Feeling, and my To Do checklist for 2024. I hope you additionally discover a lot to thrill in. Go searching–what about proper now?

MEANWHILE, again to the farm: Jim, Maggie, Skip, and I want you a Blissful New 12 months, as secure and cherished as Maggie is right here, in our tiny, however cozy, farmhouse lounge. Maggie’s eleventh birthday is January third. There might be ice cream.

Actuality verify: The small desk on the left of the sofa comprises two African Violets (one, from good friend Donna’s mom Rose, may virtually be as outdated as I’m.) Though the lounge had simply been dusted and vacuumed for firm, the canine hairs adorning the vegetation by no means fail to vanish, irrespective of how painstakingly I attempt to decide them off. I’m reminded of that nice quote I posted some time in the past from FB: “#1 Motive the home is soiled: The canine are alive.”

Right here’s one thing to thrill in: We warmed our hearts on the Solstice whereas having fun with the bonfire at Mazomanie’s Wolf Run Path, one in every of our favourite native walks.

This beautiful puzzle from eeBoo was a Christmas current from pricey buddies, D & J. It introduced a disproportionate quantity of pleasure into our family–the colourful addition to our eating room made me pleased for the complete two days that it was out. (Solely 500 items, however, actually, it was pleasant to have one thing so pleasing achieved.

A lot to thrill in! Let’s have a good time as a Village and name out DELIGHT! right here, and DELIGHT! there. Irrespective of how small. Maybe, even, the smaller the higher? You, pricey Village, are one in every of my favourite delights of all. Not small, however really treasured. I want you so many good issues this yr. Thanks for being right here.


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