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.

16 comments:

  1. This is wonderful!! I'm so happy you found a reflection from Pope Francis that directly relates! It's perfect. :) And I'm so happy you joined in! LOVE tea this time of year. It's soooo great for getting through even the coldest of days. And sleeping in, yesss! That's also a great little happy. Though, I'm sure you'd agree, I'd also be very happy to be woken by our child at the wee hours of the morning. :) I love the idea of doing morning prayer together. Thank you for the inspiration! And yay for Sherlock! We LOVE that show too! It's so well done. Hope you continue to enjoy. Just wish we didn't have to wait so long between seasons!

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    1. Definitely agree about sleeping in, I'd much rather be waking up to a crying baby of ours!! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  2. So glad that you are finding "Little Happies," despite the cold, unpleasant weather.

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  3. I love this whole concept, and I love the Pope Francis quote (and really everything about Pope Francis). Your list is fantastic. I have only this year discovered hot tea and I'm loving it.

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    1. reading this document has helped me "get to know" Pope Francis more, and my love for him is definitely growing. Yay for hot tea! :)

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  4. love the update! love you guys!

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  5. Great post! I think I'll checkout Sherlock. We can never find shows we both like and too much of tv is graphic and disturbing. Thanks for the tip! And I love the excerpt from Pope Francis to support the "little happies" idea!

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    1. Hope you like Sherlock if you try it. I liked it more as time passed, I think it grew on me.

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  6. You both come to our minds often! I so wish we still lived close to chat up and watch Sherlock! (We love that show!) send my gratitude to your DH for always answering all my questions. With that, one of our "little happies" is being friends with you. Praying!

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    1. You are so wonderful and sweet. We are grateful to know you too. I will thank Mike, I know enjoys explaining those things. Blessings to you both too.

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  7. Gosh...my dh and I love sleeping in too...with my job I get to do that a little more than him...and I know...just know...it's going to be tough once we adopt..worth the sacrifice but going to be hard.

    My dh and I watch a lot of real life mur.der drama/detective type shows together...that will most likely change when we get our forever baby too.

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    1. I'm thinking it's never easy to get less sleep! ;) but hopefully will have the Grace when it's the time.

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  8. I hope you don't mind! I "stole" the Pope Francis quote for my Little Happies link up. Because, well, it's perfect! Thanks for finding it!!

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  9. Thank you for posting that reflection of Pope Francis, I really needed to read that!

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