Yesterday I was driving in the car, listening to the classic comedy station on the radio. George Carlin's routine about having a 'nice day' was playing; goodness, that man was brilliant! Now, George Carlin felt there was too much pressure to 'Have a nice day.' Mr. Carlin believed besides too much pressure to 'have a nice day' the problem is in the word, "nice." I used to know someone like this. He would lecture me if I ever signed an email to him with, 'Have a nice day.' In the end, I used to sign off with, 'Have a day.' I, Dear Reader, am not content to have a nice, good or otherwise plain old "day." I want to have a fun and/or happy thing happen each day so I have a joyful day. What to do? What to do?
I believe fun and happiness are in the little things. That's why I enjoy cooking so much. I can go into my kitchen, create a 'little something' for myself or to share with my family AND have "fun" AND feel "happy." See how easily I added joy to me day? I also adore my morning workout. My morning workout is a treasured time I plan for each day. I set my alarm for it. I plan my morning around it. It is for me. Again, it is BOTH fun and brings me happiness. Additionally, I try to make eye contact and smile at people. I practice good posture. I drink strong coffee. I have a bird bath outside my work area, so I can see who visits my yard. I notice things about me. Things like lovely breezes, leaf colors and flowers.
All these things make my smile. Who cares! Okay. Here is something I do that always makes me smile and maybe, it will bring a smile to your face too, Dear Reader. Ready? My phone voice is an English gentleman and my phone ring is set to a duck. It's just fun and makes me happy. They are both little (granted, stupid things) but they make me smile and laugh. I laugh because people who hear my ring actually do not know why they are hearing a duck in a grocery store or outside while they sip coffee at a cafe table or restaurant booth. I never explain it's my phone and it's fun and funny to watch as people look about for a duck. (Yes. People actually do look about for a duck. I could not make that up, Dear Reader!) Laughter is always a joyful thing and doing little things to bring more joy into your world is always good...
Joy is everywhere if you just open your mind and heart... What do you do, Dear Reader, to bring joy to your life? Please share it in the comments section.
Avid home cook and passionate instructor