Sunday I planned to spend the day shopping, one of my less favorite activities. But we had our first day of the year of temperatures in the 50’s and it seemed too fine a day to spend in a car or a big box store. Instead I enjoyed my morning coffee watching the sunrise and the day warm as the birds made their presence known, sounding as joyous as I felt. I was able to wander around the property looking to see what the melting snow had uncovered and feeling the soil soften under my feet.
Just before dusk as I was heading in I heard a rustle in the grass and turned to find the biggest flock of wild turkeys I had seen so far. My best estimate, counting turkeys on the move being what it is, was at least sixty. Although they are a less attractive bird from a distance, up close their feathers are iridescent and catch the sun as they scurry along. Another sight I would have missed.
Seeking out moments of joy, even if it means a change of plans to soak up an unexpected opportunity can not only offer the immediate pleasure, but a happiness boost (now that is something they need to offer at Jamba Juice!), every time that I recall the experience. Just now thinking about turning around to see the flock come trooping out of the trees makes me smile.
Today I will turn my mindfulness to finding a sight or sound I can savor, even as I am shopping for the mundane.