Saturday, February 15, 2014

"Little Happies" and Joy

This post is inspired by Blessed to Be. She recently wrote about her efforts to enjoy life's blessings, or "Little Happies," rather than focusing on the next "big thing" in life (could be marriage, children, house, new job or promotion, next vacation, etc).

I loved her reflection and post! It challenged me to think of things I'm grateful for. 

Last night I started reading Pope Francis' recent apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium. In his reflections on the joy of the gospel, the Holy Father reflects on how Israel waited for the joy of salvation, the Messiah. He also challenges us not lose sight of this joy in our daily lives. 

Pope Francis explains: 

"The books of the Old Testament predicted that the joy of salvation would abound in messianic times. ...This is the joy which we experience daily, amid the little things of life, as a response to the loving invitation of God our Father: 'My child, treat yourself well, according to your means… Do not deprive yourself of the day’s enjoyment' (Sirach 14:11, 14). What tender paternal love echoes in these words!'" (4)

I then went to look up Sirach 14:11, which says: "My son, if you have the means, treat yourself well, and enjoy life as best you can."

Hopefully I'm not reading too much into this text, but I was immediately reminded of Blessed to Be's post, and efforts to enjoy "Little Happies." I think she's right on. If the joy of the gospel is truly permeating our lives, we should also be able to enjoy and take notice of God's blessings each day. These little blessings should hopefully remind us of the ultimate blessing, our salvation.

Sooooooooo, here are a few of my "Little Happpies" lately:
  1. Warm apartment and hot tea - This winter has been cold, cold, cold. Brrrrrrrrrrrr. Thankfully we are staying cozy warm inside, and drinking lots of warm beverages.
  2. Sleeping in - Love staying warm under our cozy down comforter a little longer on weekend mornings. I also try to remember that "sleeping in" may be a temporary luxury. It may not continue when we adopt and have a little one in the house (Although I'll be ecstatic when that moment comes!!!).
  3. Short commute to work - Lots of people have a long commute in traffic, or on the train, to their jobs. I have a 8-10 minute drive. So grateful!
  4. Good friends - Continually blessed and overwhelmed by the beautiful people God has placed in my life. Thankful for friends who live close and far, and for the ability to keep in touch via phone, email, texting, or Facebook.
  5. Morning Prayer with Hubby - Sometimes we pray Morning Prayer together on Saturday mornings. Love, love, love the sound of Mike's voice praying the Psalms.
  6. Sherlock - A few weeks ago we started watching the PBS series Sherlock, and we BOTH like it. That's an accomplishment in itself. It's fun having a show to watch together.