Small Joys #sol22 2/31

I love being a person who easily finds joy in lots of things. Sometimes I feel like a perpetual toddler–eyes wide to take in the dazzling world, unreasonably pleased by all the small things. Here are a few things that have brought me joy lately:

  • The astonishing colors and patterns of tree bark
  • How bright and silent the city is after fresh snow
  • The vanilla cupcake smell of my favorite cat Chipotle (to be fair, everyone else says he smells like a cat but I always catch notes of vanilla cupcake when he leans against me)
  • Finding a book I was just thinking about buying already on my shelf
  • Checking off the last item on my to-do list
  • Extra ice in an iced coffee
  • Completing the daily Wordle
  • Jorts the Cat
  • The bursts of color that Detroit’s many murals provide in winter
  • A collage of old stamps on a new letter from a penpal

What small things are bringing you joy?


My theme for Slice of Life 2022 is finding inspiration in the writing of others. Each day I plan to find my slice in someone else’s words or forms. Today, I was struck by the wonderful observation of a seven-year-old in a post from Megan’s Mindful Minute: “Well, you do find joy in lots of things.” What a high compliment! Be sure to visit Megan’s blog and discover some of her “small joys.” Thanks for the inspiration to write today!

30 responses to “Small Joys #sol22 2/31”

  1. The small list of ordinary celebrations is heart warming to read. “Checking off the last item on my to-do list” – is such a satisfactory accomplishment.

  2. We all need to find joy in the small things happening around us. Thanks for this reminder that joy is there if we open our eyes to it.

  3. Thank you for sharing and for the reminder. Finding those small joys helps us to keep life in perspective. It is so easy to focus on the negative. I will be collecting my small joys for the rest of the day.

  4. That bark is beautiful! I think that the true gift is noticing what brings us joy!

    My small joy this morning was one of my kittens snuggling up against me with so much love.

  5. It’s the small things…

    I know I already said this, but I love what are you are doing with your post inspiration!

  6. What a month we’ll have as we follow the inspiration you find in the writing of others. I’m hoping there will be some cat pictures!

    • There will most definitely be cat pictures galore! It had been so long since I last blogged that I couldn’t remember how to add photos to my blogs! By the time I figured out how to get the tree bark on here (and failed to resize it to a smaller, more normal size), I was too exhausted to add more lol.

  7. You are an inspired inspiration. I love your list and I have no doubt Chipotle smells like vanilla cupcakes. My cat smells like licorice. And sometimes rosemary.

  8. Great plan for the month. As always, you are an inspiration. Love the idea of listing our joys. Tucking this away for a ‘rainy’ day. I want a cat that smells like vanilla cupcakes.

    • My family assures me that I am deluded by love for Chipotle and there is not even a hint of cupcake. But just this morning I sniffed his neck carefully and yep, there it was! Vanilla cupcakes!

  9. OMG, I do love Jorts the Cat. When I read the initial internet post about him, I literally laughed so hard that I could not speak and had tears rolling down my face! It was very therapeutic. Also, I totally believe you that Chipotle smells like vanilla cupcakes. We have a new cat this year, and she absolutely completely smells like cinnamon roll frosting. I think it is the same waft of vanilla you get! Everyone else thinks I am nuts, of course.

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