|The Daily Cup of Joy|
Today is the first day of Autumn or Fall, at least in the Northern Hemisphere. Here, in Southern California, the first days of autumn still feel like summer, with temperatures in the 90s and even 100+. Today is the coolest day this week, with a high of only 80F; the forecast says highs in the upper 90s by the weekend.
Laura has posted an autumn joy list in her blog, here. It's a list of things to do that will bring joy to her. When I read it, I thought, what a great idea! We can all do with a little more joy in our lives! I should make a joy list, too. There are so many things that bring joy to me that I don't take the time to do. But, on the other hand, I don't want it to be yet another "To Do" list, either! I have enough of those, as well! Still, I would like to make a list of things to do that is intended to bring me joy. I will incorporate it into my goals for a more balanced life.
I already do a few things that bring joy to me on a daily basis. One of them is drink my morning and afternoon cups of tea using a proper cup and saucer, as opposed to a mug, and using my good china to do so. This particular china is special to me. I had always admired the pattern and coveted it. But it was pricey and I didn't feel right about spending so much on myself on something I didn't really need, especially when I had other china, already. But my daughter observed how I'd stop by the china section of the store to admire this particular set, almost every time we went to the store. So, she bought me the set for my 50th birthday! It was a very special birthday, she told me, and deserved a very special gift. The downside to using the good china on a daily basis is...accidents happen. I dropped the sugar canister on the counter, one morning, and it knocked against the cup and broke off the handle. I felt so bad about it, but my lovely daughter bought me a replacement cup and saucer, which is what I use now. The rest of the set is in the china cabinet, to be used very occasionally and very carefully!
Another thing that brings me joy, which I do daily, is video chat with my daughter. And I begin and end each day with prayer, which brings me more than joy. I don't know if I should list these daily occurring joy-bringing activities on my list, but I guess I will.
For my initial list of joys, I shall follow Laura's example and make it a seasonal list, from now until Thanksgiving.
List of Autumn Joys:
1. Continue to begin and end each day with prayer
2. Continue to drink my tea using my special cup and saucer
3. Continue to chat daily with my daughter
4. Decorate my house for fall (in October) and for Thanksgiving (in November)
5. My daughter's visits home (1 planned for in October; 2 in November)
6. Attend up-coming family gathering for cousin's daughter's baby shower
7. Make some cards using items I have on hand
8. Host the October prayer gathering
9. Visit my mother's grave on her birthday (October) - both joyful and sad at the same time
10. Celebrate my birthday (November)
11. Celebrate Thanksgiving with friends and family
12. Go to the Sri Lankan grocery store and indulge!
13. Go out to dinner with a friend
14. Go out to lunch with sister
15. Invite cousin and aunt to dinner
16. Spend more time gardening
17. Continue to work on on-going craft projects
18. Visit the library
19. Read a book (or two, or more)
20. Listen to music
21. Play the piano
23. Bake something when it is cooler
24. Visit my neighbors
25. Go out to dinner with an aunt (and maybe a cousin)
So that is my Autumn joy list! Yes, it includes several things to do, but, they are things that will bring joy.
Today, I spent the day doing office work for the most part. I did take a short break to stroll around the garden, to admire the hibiscus flowers and the few roses that are blooming. Later in the evening, I took the car for a drive!
Today, I am grateful for:
- Slightly cooler weather
- Inspiration from other bloggers
- Friends who keep in touch
- The garden continuing to limp along
- Video chatting with my daughter
How was your first day of autumn? Have you made a joy list before? Is it something you might like to do? What are some of the things that bring you joy?