Sometimes we are so busy we forget to do small things for ourselves. Our schedules are hectic. You may be a parent in full swing with kids and working forty plus hours a week, too. By the time the weekend comes it’s hard to do anything other than get prepared for the next week ahead.
In my book Middle Age Beauty I share a very personal story of when I was a young mother with a two year old baby. I had just moved to a new city and was quite overwhelmed with all of the new changes. In sharing this story I reveal how during this blessed and new time how I remembered someone I had been forgetting: ME. I had forgotten to take time to do little things to add sunshine to my day.
One of my favorite authors in the whole wide world is Pearl S. Buck. That may be one of the reasons why I am also drawn to her quotes. A woman that on the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1932–one of only two, including Toni Morrison–I find her books to be always my favorite. Her quote, “Many people lose the small joys in the hope for the big happiness,” pretty much encompasses the importance in ourselves finding and making time for small joys to sprinkle our day with light and hope.
Do you know what brings you joy that can be immediate? For me a perfect example is coffee and tea. I know that seems kind of an obvious answer, but it’s at the top of my list. If I am ever really having a ‘bummer-of-a-day’ I know that buying an Americana at Peets Coffee Shop in the surf town of Encinitas, California can switch my mood instantly.
So do yourself a little favor this week. Make a list of your simple joys. Discover the delights that you have at your fingertips and make sure you are adding at least ONE SMALL JOY for yourself to your list. Why? Because you deserve it!
My book Middle Age Beauty encourages you to feel beautiful, be beautiful and to be proud of your Mid-life time by sharing your soul, excitement and gratitude with your loved ones. This book is Pr0-YOU.