Delight

What delights you? First, let’s get agree to use dictionary.com as the source of our definition. It defines delight as a high degree of pleasure or enjoyment; joy; rapture. So back to the first question, what delights you? Do you think you could find a moment of delight in every day?

This is the reason I am thinking about the word delight. I have been reading this book slowly. Just a few essays a day.

In the preface Ross Gay explains one day he was feeling delighted felt compelled to wonder about and share that delight. He decided to write a delight every day for a year. He created rules: draft quickly and write by hand. He did skip a few days. He said,

“It didn’t take me long to learn that the discipline or practice of writing these essays occasioned a kind of delight radar. Or maybe it was more like the development of a delight muscle. Something that implies that the more you study delight, the more delight there is to study. I also learned this year that my delight grows – much like love and joy – when I share it.”

I want to develop that delight muscle. I want to look for moments of joy and high pleasure and savor them in the day. Here are a few delights I have experienced this week:

  • Cooler temperatures, lower humidity that allowed me to sit on my patio reading the afternoon away.
  • The drive-up window at our library to collect the books I can request on-line.
  • Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know by Samira Ahmed allowed me to revisit Paris while learning more about Alexandre Dumas.
  • I didn’t have to cook dinner because a food truck came to our neighborhood
  • A small dish of ice cream in the evening (lately it’s been vanilla swiss almond)
  • Several new recipes were tried and deemed tasty. They will be made again.
  • The cooler weather meant I could wait until later to walk, so I enjoyed sleeping a little later, waking up slowly, and sipping my iced coffee before stepping out into sunshine but yet coolness.

So have you thought of any delights? If so, share them in the comments.

9 thoughts on “Delight

  1. Joyce says:

    What a pleasant thought for each morning.
    Your book about Dumas sounds very interesting….yes delightful.
    I must admit I have more than a few small delights. The new wren nest! Resulting in serious scoldings or happy little chatter….delights!!!

  2. Michelle @litlearningzone says:

    I think this post was a delight! Just what I needed to start my day! (And I’m requesting the book from my library too!) Thanks for sharing!

  3. Terje says:

    A delightful list. Sleeping longer and slow mornings certainly make my list of delights. Taking most of it from the last days of summer holidays. This is the second time I saw the book this week. Considering it as a sign to read it. 🙂

  4. Julie says:

    I loved this book! I’m so glad you’re reading it, and I loved this reflection on delight. Right now, baking is delighting me again, and long walks in the cool of the evening, and planning special treats for a family birthday.

  5. Judy Curtiss says:

    I think each day is a delight – just to wake up before dawn and watch the sun rise. Such a great way to begin each day. I’ll have to check this book out. Thanks for sharing

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