Enjoy Your Joy..!

My wife, a medical doctor, is quite strict about the sweets I am allowed to have, and when she does give me permission, laughs as I take it, sit on my favourite rocking chair, and relish the delicacy!

“Why are you closing your eyes?” she asks chuckling away.

“Because I want to enjoy every sensation the chocolate gives me!” I whisper and close my eyes again and softly and gently chew on it.

This morning a friend of mine walked with me in the park, and as we passed a set of beautiful flowers I said, “Soak in the beauty!”

“I do,” said my friend, “But I can’t talk to you while doing that, and do so when I walk alone!”

I thought about that while I returned home, and likened it to how I treat my sweets; I can bite into the chocolate and hardly notice the taste because my mind is on other things, or I can stop all other thoughts and concentrate on the taste.

The same with the flowers in the park: What a change it makes to my senses when I stop my other activities and enjoy the enchanting loveliness of those flowers! Suddenly time stands still and I am transported into a magical feeling of real joy.

Most of us spend our lives never experiencing the happiness we work towards.

We spend money on air tickets and 5 star hotel, land up on a beach in Goa, and instead of really moving into the ecstatic sound of wind and surf, instead of letting ourselves go into a sense of timelessness, we sit and think about office and family problems, worry about health and sickness and in reality are still at home or office while physically sitting in front of the sea.

God in his great wisdom, has given us these peaceful retreats all around us and since my wife is not around at the moment, let me whisper to you; it could even be a piece of chocolate, a tasty kabab, a well cooked dhal chawal, a sizzling dosa!

Relish the taste, and for a few moments forget the world, because that is what the experience is supposed to do for you.

Sometimes we eat each mouthful, even as our hands move towards the plate again, filling our mouths with the next and the next and the next piece, without enjoying what we already have in our mouths. We do the same with our holidays: This year Goa, next year Spain, after that Mount Everest!

Enjoy the taste of each mouthful!

Start small, like me, take that next piece of sweet you are allowed to have, get onto your favourite chair, and let yourself go..!

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4 thoughts on “Enjoy Your Joy..!”

  1. “The purpose of life is to *live it*, to taste and experience to the utmost, to cherish and relish every moment and then, as Shakespeare says ,we can ….
    “Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
    Sermons in stones, and good in everything”

  2. Psalms 19 declares the glory of God in His great creation, majestic stars, orderly movements of the planets, might of nature and us as tiny specks in their midst in His image to praise Him, thank Him for His immeasureable love and worship Him in spirit and in truth as He is the Truth and Spirit Almighty.

  3. I was working on the construction site in the thermal station at Raichur. Every morning, there used to be tractor loads of employees arriving towork on the construction site. The security staff used to make them get off the tractor, cross the gate and then again board the tractor. Invariably the tractor used to start before all the employees boarded. With shouts and loud hoots of laughter, men and women with large lunch carriers used to run behind the tractors and those on board willingly used to pull them all aboard. Those hoots of laughter and happiness still ring in my ears. Their joyful and smiling faces stand before my eyes. Whereas I, traveling in my vehicle in their midst lost in thoughts, wearing only scowls and frowns. No joy at all. Yes Bob, we have to learn to relax and enjoy each mouthful and take time to smell the flowers.

  4. We so need mindfulness in today’s crazy fast world I sometimes wonder what the rush is all about? We are always either worried about the past or fearful about the future so we’re barely present in the present.
    Thank you for your reminder today about blissful joie de vivre ?

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