“Everything that arrests you, everything that delights you, has to be noted.”
- MAIRA KALMAN
One Sunday morning it hit me that it was time I incorporate the lessons of those I admire into my work. Maira Kalman is one of my favorite illustrators and writers. In hearing her speak the above quote, it dawned on me that I too note all that delights me.
Why on Earth was I not sharing this delight in my work?
Why was I keeping it all trapped in my little notebook?
I had no good answers, so I’m setting it all free.
It truly is an addiction, paying attention to what I am grateful for. It changes my life. This practice alters my perspective and allows me to live in a state of “this is enough” and brings the tiny moments of life into noticeable focus.
I encourage you to try and see what it does to you in the experience of living your daily life.
You can write it all down or just make mental notes. Try it for 30 days.
I’ll be adding mine to the top of this list ↓ as frequently as I find myself arrested and delighted. C’mon, join me!
The constantly updated running list of my everythings:
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Buttered crusty bread dipped in homemade soup
The feeling right before a guests arrive to a party and everything is ready
The feeling at the end of the party when the guests don’t want to leave
A friend’s perfume lingering after a hug goodbye
Super sunny days
Catching up with an adored friend
The promise of the new
Uproariously laughing before falling asleep
Thunder + lightening storms
Flower buds bursting through the soil
Opening the windows on the 1st warm enough day after winter
Day-old soggy popcorn
The first sip of coffee in the morning
A text of “I miss you” from a long lost friend
The chirpy bird outside my window
Unexpected snail mail from a friend
Red painted toes
Naps in the hammock
A predicted 60 degree March day after nothing but freezing
Sitting by a fire
A day at home, all alone
Hugs from my adult sons
Sound of grade schoolers across the street outside at recess
The stationary aisle of the supermarket