It’s the era of the tech-savvy, internet-wielding warrior. Everyone is love with the newest most complicated piece of machinery and bows to the companies that create them.
- It holds 7 million songs!
- It rotates depending on the time of day.
- Table top?! It fits on your Polly Pocket’s tabletop, that’s how small it is.
- It even mows your Sims (™) lawn!
Whatever “it” is sounds amazing, and I want one– but let’s settle down for a moment here.
You’re expected to find enjoyment in something that cost you half a month’s salary. You’re supposed to be intrigued by complexity.
But there’s a value in the type of joy that seeps into you slowly — a quiet, unexpected, secret happiness that fills you from the inside and shines into everything you do.
I love the unexpected and the simple.
If I were to partake of one of my favorite simple pleasures and drop loose change into a Wishing Well, I’d make a wish for the smallest, simplest sort of change there is — for a seed to be planted in everyone’s mind that allows them to see the beauty of simplicity. A seed that grows into a tree. A tree that grows apricots that you can eat.
Mindprocots. Apriminds. Aprimindocots.
Google that word! Add it to UrbanDictionary! Copyright it! Put it on a t-shirt!
Whoa now– I better settle down. It’s easy to get carried away these days and skip right past the intrinsic excitement of every moment.
Hopefully through this blog, I’ll be able to share some of those every day pleasures with you and maybe, Dear Reader, I’ll be contagious.
I imagine you… one day in the future, snacking on your alphabet soup. You look down and see the word DINOSAUR spelled in noodles. You smile, put down your spoon, and savor the moment. “Rara would think this is awesome.” you’d say with a chuckle as you snap a picture with one of those complex machines the world hypes so strongly. You’d send it to me, and I’d be so excited that I’d do a little dino dance– and we would share that quiet, frightfully wondrous, joy together.
Here are some things in which I find quiet joy:
- The satisfaction of making something by hand
- The philosophies and introspection of Muhammad Ali
- Medium-cheesy romance novels
- Robots and Wind Up Toys
- Making Wishes in Wishing Wells
- Having my fortune told
- Supporting crafters, artists, writers, and small business owners
- Holding hands
- Flipping through flip books
- Reading poetry written for children
- Watching the sunrise after staying up all night chatting with friends
Where do you find your unexpected moments of simple happiness?
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