I know I know, things are not supposed to make us happy, but sometimes when we spend mindfully, they can bring us a little fun. I have been trying to cut back on expenditures, but when I do buy these days, I want my purchases to be fun and joyful and have a little zing to them. Honestly, I need zing right now. I’m in a hard stretch of life, and guess what?? These purchases have given me a big zip in my step. See these fun shoes! They are so comfy, and even though in this neck of the woods people do not seem to understand this sort of style and pizzazz, I don’t care. I sport around in these and feel joy deep in the bottoms of my feet.
See this shirt. Well, look closely at the print. What do you see?
Yep, that’s correct! Cameras. Lovely little cameras everywhere, and mine has brought me such joy in the last few years. I have learned I can cling to it during hard times and find beauty everywhere. My eyes open up to the lovely world when I have my handy. second-rate camera near, and time slows, and the joy solidifies so I can see it and feel it, and my goodness I find it everywhere, no matter how difficult my day. Why if I didn’t have my nifty camera, I’d never know. So you can imagine my wonder when I found this shirt for 12 bucks at Marshall’s, and to top it off. when I wear it, the compliments abound. People smile over my shirt, and yes, I have learned from my student research papers about emotional contagion, and that means, I smile back, and yes, a little added pleasure begins to swirl around me from something as simple as glancing at my sleeves and being filled with gratitude for my camera that reminds me of this amazing world I’ve been given the privilege to wander and moon over.
If that’s not enough, how about some lovely veggies that arrived from the Farm Table. Pure beauty.
And last, but of course not least, these beautiful squirrels from Chinaberry that will be our centerpiece on our table for the season.