This morning I was watching as a little girl was walking with her parents. Well, her parents were walking, she was hopping! Between her parents with one hand in dad's hand and one hand in mom's hand with each of their steps she hopped! Both feet up, both feet landing. She found great joy in the "mundane" activity of walking.
Kids tend to do this rather easily. They often seem able to take delight in the smallest joys around them.
As I thought about this recently I decided to write down some of things that brought me joy when I was a child. Coloring. Paper Dolls. Puzzles. Games. Cards. I started to smile just writing the list!
I decided to incorporate some of these joys into my daily routine. As I write I have a 1000 piece puzzle spread across our dining room table. I do a little each day. Taking brief breaks for joy!
For our date night last week, my husband and I decided to stay home, make dinner, and play games! We pulled out the game Sorry! One I loved growing up and still love today. I'd like to tell you I won, but he creamed me! We followed with ice cream. Sounds a kids night, and perhaps that's just what we needed. The next morning we both commented on how much fun we'd had on our date night.
So, where do you find joy in your daily routine? Has it been missing for you lately?
I challenge you to take out a piece of paper and a pen right now and write down the first three things that come to mind that brought you joy as a child. Next, determine if there's any way to incorporate one or two of those things into your daily routine this week. See if perhaps you may find joy, and smiles amidst the mundane!
I pray that your joy would overflow, blessing you and those around you!
Originally published through Fruitful Branches Coaching
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