Archive for December, 2011

Santa’s in town!

Hi Dear Journalers,

I just happened to be out for lunch with my girlfriend in La Jolla on Sunday and heard some bagpipers practicing in the distance. As we walked along Girard Street we noticed the blocked-off road and people assembling. Horses and carts were being readied for the Holiday Parade. What an unexpected surprise!


It took me back to the days when I used to march in parades. I could feel the anticipation and excitement. This awakened my curiosity. Who was going to participate?For a couple of hours I leaned against a tree trunk with my iPhone in hand, snapping photos. Elves tossed candy canes to the audience. Brownies and bagpipers marched in orderly fashion along the shop-lined street. Crowned Princesses from around the county sat atop convertibles and waved at the crowd. I wasn’t situated close enough to see their faces, but I felt the excitement in the air.

During these moments I felt alive to what was happening before my eyes. The vintage T-Birds in pastel hues curved along  the road, boasting their angular beauty. The ponies pranced back and forth as they wove up and down the street pulling their vintage, circus carts. Not to be missed were the graceful women in Victorian dress atop their horses. It was good to be out of the holiday buying frenzy for a few hours and back into the sheer joy of the present moment.

So this week for your journal writing, I recommend that you go out and about to explore something surprising. Take a chance! Go around that next corner to find something unexpected like I did last Sunday. Photograph the images and add some notes about the sensory details. Savor it. If you like, draw some pictures. You can even put together a collage, including your feelings and thoughts about how these stolen moments of pure joy affected you and restored your spirits.

Have fun this week, and see how relishing life increases your sense of happiness. As Lynn Johnson, PhD. says, “If you savor one experience a day, you can create a habit of appreciation that leads to an increased zest for life.” Something worth writing about!

Happy journaling!


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