It is always the small joys in life that keep me going. As I am typing this, the most beautiful sunflowers sit in front of me placed in my husband’s beer mug. On one of my decluttering sessions I decided to keep only one vase, which turned out to only be good for decoration. Luckily whenever my husband brings me flowers, there is at least his over sized beer mug to double as a not so elegant vase. Sometimes the silliest decisions in life can provide humor later. It really is more about enjoying the process no matter what is going on.
This morning I had planned to take dance class across town. I had left a little later than I had wanted and traffic didn’t ease up because of it. When I finally got to my destination, I could have made class on time if only there was a parking spot. I refuse to go into classes late unless I have a relationship with the instructor and a good reason. There was no parking anywhere in sight so I ended up coming home and deciding to take a later ballet class.
I decided not to be frustrated having had little sleep and driving all the way across town. By being a bit flexible I was able to enjoy the surprise of running into a really good friend of mine that I haven’t seen all year long at the second dance studio. Our paths never cross without planned intervention, so that lovely surprise was worth the long drive today for no other reason. Plus I was still able to get into class today thirty minutes early, and get a lot out of it.
My latest minimalist journey has been decluttering my thoughts to find clarity more so than nitpicking every item that I own. I haven’t done as much decluttering or organizing as I would like by getting into my closet a bit more, or organizing more paper work and creative supplies. Yet I have become clearer than ever on exactly what I want to do in terms of my dance career, and what I need to do every day to reach that goal. I have been focusing more of my time and energy around the time that I have to train further. Don’t get me wrong, having a clutter free home is extremely important. I’m finding that the value of having peace of mind and clarity are also a very vital part of the minimalist journey. I do feel that a decluttered home and mental clarity do have a serene synergistic relationship.
Acknowledging every positive moment that I can every day is finding those little sparks of sunshine even on rainy days. My ballet class today was by no means perfection, yet I made sure I got in class today no matter what. I can see how my hard work is paying off and also what I need to work on consistently. Plus a big hug from my friend who is so close to my heart was the beauty in today’s chaos.
What small joys did you notice today?
(Image by D Sharon Pruitt)