I’ve been reading this book called The Artists’ Way by Julia Cameron. Each week I keep hoping that I’ll read a passage that will jump out at me. It finally happened!!!
Julia writes to us about finding what is luxury in our opinion. Something beyond fancy cars or mansion-esque houses. It’s more the simple things that make us happy. It could be fresh flowers on the table, raspberries to eat, fresh coffee. While reading about luxuries and trying to figure out what my luxury is (still working on that, by the way), I read this:
“When we put a stopper on our capacity for joy by anorrectically declining the small gifts of life, we turn aside the larger gifts as well.” HELLOO!!! It makes total sense. If I deprive myself of the little things (like fresh flowers or raspberries because they might be too expensive) then I will subconsciously deprive myself of the larger gifts of life (like the opportunity to make a difference or to learn).
What I don’t want to do is go through life not opening my eyes to opportunity or the beauty, or to stay hidden behind the mask of imagination.
I want that imagination to become real, and it want it to be magical-like when a little girl meets a real life princess for the first time…..
Or learns that fairies are real…..
I’m beginning to think my luxury might be fresh flowers. It reminds me of my childhood when my mom would buy fresh flowers every Friday for Shabbat. It was something that made her happy and made our home look and smell nice. But I never buy them because it gets expensive. Ding! Ding! An easy change I can make. Making the small changes will in turn bring on the big gifts that I may have been missing.
What’s your luxury?
Smile and Go For It!