Everyday pleasuresby Terry McLaughlin
I learned long ago to indulge myself in things I'd probably do anyway. Telling myself these small everyday habits are actually luxuries makes me appreciate them more, and I discover my day is filled with delights.
Is there anything as delicious as curling up in a warm bed with a good book? Setting my morning alarm a few minutes early or skipping a late-night activity lets me begin and end each day doing one of my favorite things: reading. Spoiling myself like that is bliss.
My favorite perfume isn't saved for special events--I often spritz a bit just for me. I steal time to fill my vases with fresh flowers, or I take a different route through town to catch a glimpse of sailboats on the bay. When I think of it, I treat myself to a five-minute concert, closing my eyes to let the orchestration of a favorite tune envelop me. I'm incredibly fortunate to have so much beauty available with relatively little trouble–and to be able to enjoy it.
There may be a few chores and annoyances associated with owning a dog, but when I return from an errand, I'm welcomed home with such adoration I can't help but feel special. And there's nothing as relaxing as pausing to rub soft, furry ears and share a quiet moment with a creature who thinks I'm the most wonderful human on the planet.
Stepping beneath the shower spray, or finishing a task, or stretching my arms above my head after a long stint in my desk chair feels absolutely fabulous. So does laughing with friends or letting chocolate melt in my mouth.
What daily experiences delight you? What ordinary things do you do to treat yourself?