When my siblings and I were younger we would squeal with joy when Mom and Dad would bring home Krispy Kreme donuts. As soon as the box was opened we reached our little hands in exclaiming, "No I call the one with more sprinkles!". We'd sit in silence as we munched on our treats and then go about our night per usual. We eventually replaced greetings and goodbyes with the phrase "happy donuts" and I can't exactly recall who started that one (haha!), but this was something that stuck with all of us.
That little story might seem insignificant, but it's a memory from my childhood I don't want to forget. We delighted in the little pleasures. Last week, my brother brought home a dozen of our favorite assorted donuts from a local bakery and I became a little nostalgic when everyone stopped what they were doing and ran to the box to claim the best donut. It's like we all abandoned our adult behavior and became like children again. I enjoy moments like these. The little ones that might pass by unnoticed, but actually mean the most.
Now, I'm not trying to tell a story of donuts here, but I'm rather making an effort to appreciate the little pleasures in life. Acknowledging the good in a fast paced, and sometimes degrading world, can keep our minds and attitudes from falling into hopeless patterns. Finding childlike joy in small moments is refreshing. It's what'll keep us alive inside, especially if we're on a journey to live a more abundant life.
So maybe, when you have a minute, write down a list of little things that make you happy or make an effort to recognize something that might otherwise pass by. As I journal through this year, it's my goal to do this weekly. Just to acknowledge the positive things and it'll take a toll on your attitude for the better :)
Thanks for reading friends, and happy donuts!
If you have any stories you'd like to share or something small that brings you joy, I'd love to hear what you'd have to say! Leave me a comment below :)