I really loved this chapter. It was such a wonderful reminder to identify and be thankful for the delights in life, whether they are big or small. It was also a reminder that there are treats built into every day life. So here are, in no particular order, a list of the delights and treats I have enjoyed in the last week:
*quality time with husband
*catching up with a friend on the phone
*sitting in sunshine
*wrapping myself in my TranquiliT clothes – I heart soft bamboo fabric
*enjoying salted almond chocolate oatmeal bars
*savasana after a satisfying yoga practice
*legs up the wall
*delighting in my colored pens
This was a particularly good chapter for me to read right now as my life is both short on time and traditional treats that include a little sugar or chocolate. You see, I am currently on a very restricted diet, which includes no-wheat/no-sugar/no-dairy/no-eggs/no-caffeine – so yeah, cupcakes and macarons went from being occasional treats to never-ever treats. At other points in my life, when I was short on time, I would take 10 minutes and have a chai at Starbucks and feel renewed. Now, this is less of an option. As for time, many treats I enjoy take time (like going to an indie film, taking an afternoon or evening to collage, going to museums, watching TV shows like Castle or Grey’s Anatomy or Glee), so this chapter was a good reminder to enjoy the treats I can have anytime, no matter how busy things get.
To check out other people’s perspectives on treats, see Jamie Ridler’s online bookclub, The Next Chapter on The Joy Diet: Ten Daily Practices for a Happier Life by Martha Beck.
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