PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, March 31st, 2010 by Justine Toms in SMALL PLEASURES, FINDING GRACE IN A CHAOTIC WORLD

“There is no universal rule that tells us we have to wait until the end – of a workshop or a workday or a work year – to celebrate. We must choose celebration along the way. We don’t have to wait for those special occasions such as birthdays, weddings, or that long-awaited promotion. Nina Wise, a performance artist and teacher, tells the story of a time in a hotel room in India when she was feeling very lonely and isolated. Immersed in her sadness, suddenly she heard voices singing just outside her room. She looked out her window and saw the happy sounds were coming from some people who were living on the streets, who had very little in terms of material wealth. But there they were, celebrating the joy of one another’s company.

I suggest you take a piece of paper and write down these words: “What I love in my life is ________.” Take fifteen minutes and let yourself write whatever comes to mind. Don’t think about it; just let the words flow onto the page. This is a truly wonderful exercise to do with a circle of friends. After you write, read your list aloud to the circle or to a friend. I know you’ll be amazed at what comes to you. I’m sure it will lead to more fun in your life.”

Justine Toms, in “Small Pleasures, Finding Grace in a Chaotic World”

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