I like to find joy in little things. I use the word joy deliberately for it is somewhat different from happiness. Happiness is something I find within. I make my own, it grows from the richness of life, from connections with nature and other creatures. If my happiness were based on material things there would be too much risk of loss. But material things definitely bring me moments of joy. Pleasure is a better synonym for joy. Here are some little things from around my home that bring me pleasure.
Little collections on my mantlepiece.
Sunshine on a cat.
Sunshine on my work table.
Works in progress.
Lavender, fresh or dried.
Coffee, Knitting & Books
Tokens of Friendship
And this last one brings me beyond joy to happiness. Meaningful relationships bring happiness. The ring on my index finger is a gift from the lovely and beautiful Natalia Lialina and I am not sure my lumpy old fingers do it justice but when I wear it I am joyfully reminded of a new friendship, of a rewarding human connection that enriches my life and such things are the making of happiness. The ring came with this intricately decorated little box, making it the fourth in what can now be called a collection of intricately decorated boxes.
I have been planning and collecting photos for this post for quite some time, and am hoping Natalia forgives me for taking so long to create it and share these treasures. If you would like to see more of this stunningly beautiful birch bark art, go here where you will find the work of Natalia's talented brother, Andrei Lialin.
Shameless Self Promotion: Chapter Sixteen now available.