I had a sweet, simple weekend, filled with tiny pleasures that added up to a cumulative bright orange burst of soul-shine: watching a film at home with the boy on a drizzly afternoon...sweet vanilla candles... a steaming mug of ginger tea... my new cocoa-scented hand cream...warm, fuzzy pink socks... a recording of acoustic Brazilian guitar music... things like that. Simple joys appreciated alone and shared that give one the truest sense and joy of being alive.
I saw this spectacular little mineola orange at the grocery store last night (I go shopping late on Sunday nights and have the place all to myself -- I really savor the unhurried, uncrowded, calm shopping experience!) I brought the orange home, and it is now sitting on my desk at work. Everytime I look at it, I'm reminded of how grateful I am to have love, a cozy home, family, a soothing escape from a chaotic world... and a lovely little orange to enjoy later this afternoon after lunch.
There is so much in this world that is complex...but when I can embrace the simple pleasures, and radiate a bit of gratitude, my whole perspective tranforms from drizzly to dazzling, bright orange joy.
So my recipe today is this:
1 beautiful piece of fruit
Have a great day!
by Wendy Cope
At lunchtime I bought a huge orange
The size of it made us all laugh.
I peeled it and shared it with Robert and Dave—
They got quarters and I had a half.
And that orange it made me so happy,
As ordinary things often do
Just lately. The shopping. A walk in the park
This is peace and contentment. It’s new.
The rest of the day was quite easy.
I did all my jobs on my list
And enjoyed them and had some time over.
I love you. I’m glad I exist.