Over in Hand to Heart this month, we're inviting in delight, so I'm asking variations of this question and providing some ideas all month long.
I love this word.
But I know it can be a tough one.
It pushes me to wonder, "Do I really ever feel delight?"
Of course I do. But to focus on it can feel a little foreign, like wading into a level of self-care that might be indulgent. And indulgence can feel off or self-centered.
But what if delight was an access point to joy? To setting down old stories of being too much? To letting in more light into your everyday life (even when it rains)?
Take a few moments and ask yourself: How can I let in more delight today?
Think about wearing your slippers to pick up the kids at school because your feet just don't want to be in anything else.
Think about buying three more of your favorite candle because you're now going to light one every evening as your one act of delight each day.
Think about texting a friend just to say, "You bring so much joy into my life" and then the next day sending another one that says, "I want you to know I'm so grateful for you" and then the next "How's it going over there?" and so on.
Think about taking just one bite of ice cream right from the container when you get home from work and standing in the kitchen savoring it as it melts in your mouth.
Think about taking your glass of wine right into the shower as you wash off the thickness of the day.
Think about playing another round of Old Maid with your granddaughter because she laughs so loud when one of you gets the Old Maid and you can feel your capacity for delight grow each time.
You can invite in more delight in simple ways.
And if you want to talk more about this practice and other ways you can embrace the beauty and the grit of each day, come on over to Hand to Heart (it's free). We've got our arms open for you.