(photo from internet source, not mine)
Alexandra Stoddard said, "Single days experienced fully add up to a lifetime lived deeply and well." It is good advice. So many times I save up real living for later or for special occasions and trudge through daily life in the meantime. How much better to make ordinary days special as well?
It can be something as simple as drinking my morning tea or coffee in a beautiful china teacup sometimes instead of a utilitarian mug. I can light a favorite scented candle just because as I dust furniture or wash dishes instead of saving it for when company comes. I remember several years ago when I bought some white carnations, trimmed the stems short and put them in a small white ceramic pitcher placed on the bathroom counter top. My kids kept asking if we were going to have company. They were used to seeing flowers on the kitchen table from time to time but never in the bathroom. The carnations were a grace note to a room where routine rituals happen every day without anyone thinking much about it. Something as simple as a bouquet of flowers turned them into something special and I kept wondering why I never thought of it before.
Making the smallest of details something special can change the tone of the whole day and helps us realize that depriving ourselves of an enriched life also deprives of moments of joy that can be easily achieved no matter what else is going on. One doesn't have to be rich to experience richness. When we can introduce small but beautiful details into daily life perhaps we won't be as tempted to dwell on what we don't have.
The question then becomes, how do I want to live? What small things can I do to bring pleasure to an otherwise ordinary routine? When I seek to live each day deeply and well, there are fewer regrets in the end.
"Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things." - Philippians 4:8