Yesterday a friend remarked to me that he wished he had more joy in his life.
I felt bad for him.
My own day was filled with joy.
- When I woke up I felt the warmth of my cat who had nestled himself behind the crook of my knee.
- I showered with my favorite fragrant soap, with one of those net scrubbies that makes a ton of lather.
- I hugged my husband when he was fresh from his shower. He smelled of my soap mixed with shampoo and shaving cream.
- My husband made coffee, as he does every morning. We used the mugs decorated with maps of Paris.
- The toast came out a perfect light-brown, and I was able to grab it while it was still hot – so my peanut butter melted to a creamy liquid.
- When I turned the key in the ignition, the car started.
- With a car that starts and runs, I can go anywhere I want to go, but I chose to go to work. I will make some money today.
- I said hello to my best friend at work. She looked very nice, and I told her so.
- I finished a task that I especially disliked. I crossed it off my list.
- I reapplied my lipstick after lunch, and when I went into the ladies’ room, I thought I looked pretty good. I told myself so. Out loud, since there was no one else in there.
- I got to go home after making some money. I swung my arms as I walked to my car.
- My dog greeted me with his happy dance. We ran around the yard until we were both panting.
- I had chicken for supper. With peppers from the garden – a mix of sweet and hot, sauteed with just a bit of olive oil. I bit into one pepper so spicy my mouth stung, and my husband put a spoonful of cottage cheese on my plate to put out the fire.
- I took off my shoes.
- I watched people sing on TV. Most of them sang very well, and the ones that were not as good were encouraged to keep singing anyway.
- While watching TV, I washed the sheets. I put them back on the bed directly from the dryer, and crawled in while they were still warm.
- I kissed my husband goodnight.
- The cat settled in and began to purr.
My life is overflowing with joy.
It just depends on how you define joy.