“Monday 5 Things”™…..Delighting…..

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“Monday 5 Things”™…..Delighting…..

The rain stopped and then held off for the two hours that we wandered through the “Illuminights Chinese Lantern” exhibit at the Atlanta Zoo. The upside of the poor weather was that we had the zoo almost to ourselves. With her birthday week being well celebrated and only two weeks to go until Christmas, the four-year-old we had in tow was already primed with excitement. As we rounded each corner, with no puddle left unsplashed and each lantern animal became bigger and better, her squeals of delight were infectious. Watching her alternating holding hands between her grand-ma-ma, mom, dad, and auntie, as they skipped and meandered along the zoo’s pathways, I began to reflect on the word delight. Somewhere around the glowing ladybug, the t-rex dinosaur and a large Canadian moose, this morning’s M5T took shape and reflects on finding delight as an adult.

1. Delighting in Love.

Delight can be found simply by letting the people around you, the ones you care most about, that you love them. Embrace the things and people that you love and show it, unabashedly and without reservation. Choose to love. Delight in the discovery of love, the loves you’ve had, and the love that is yet to come. “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” ~ Maya Angelou

2. Delighting in Peace.

Find delight from the peace that is found in the power of thankfulness, of gratitude for all you have in life. Take a long slow walk and even if for a moment, let go of the stress of these past two years. Find peace in forgiving someone that has hurt you. Seek out delight from the small simple things in your life. Slow down, inhale deeply, exhale leisurely, delight in the peace from calming the chaos in your mind. Carve out time to think, to pray, to seek calmness and harmony. Practice tolerance of others, but especially yourself. Delight in a peaceful mindset that allows you to understand and recalibrate your priorities. “Delight in the little things.” ~ Rudyard Kipling

3. Delighting in Moments.

Allow yourself to be captivated by the moment, to be amused, to celebrate any victory, to luxuriate. Delight with the joy found in staying in the present. Laugh heartily and cry without reservation when you are moved. Seek out random interactions and radical acts of kindness with strangers. Take a moment to rest, to find yourself, to experience rather than record. Delight in paying attention and practicing mindfulness. “Delight is incomplete until it is expressed.” ~ C.S. Lewis

4. Delighting in the Unknown.

Jump in a puddle figuratively and even better, literally whenever you can. Delight in changing your habits and your routines. Expand your world view by seeking out different cultures, foods, and travel. Turn off the autopilot; the things you do every day without thinking and create space for the unknown without trying to predict the outcome. Delight in the discovery that comes from experiments and unexpected challenges. “The true delight is in the finding out rather than the knowing.” ~ Isaac Asimov

5. Delighting with Intention.

Delight in being deliberate. Slow down, enjoy the meal on your best china, savor the wine in your best crystal. Pursue delight for yourself. Be intentional in how you spend your time. Learn to play again. Decide what is important to you. Turn the phone off and simply talk with whoever you are with. Be intentional to heal negative habits, to be compassionate. Delight in defining your happiness, understanding what anchors you in life. Be intentional with your dreams and delight in the possibilities of where your dreams can take you. “A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom.” ~ Robert Frost

As we move to the end of this year, here’s to a week of delighting in yourself and others, a week of puddles and squeals and simply being delight-full. Happy New Year to you all!

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D. Paul Graham is passionate about people, culture, photography and business. He has embraced his wanderlust with his travels around the globe and is at peace with his need for spirited drives in all things automotive.

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