There’s nothing I love more than curling up on a rainy day, when the house is quiet, and reading — uninterrupted — for hours on end. Fluffy blankets, fluffy cats, fluffy feelings (or let’s face it, usually tears) make for the ultimate feeling of serenity.
It’s been a while since I’ve had one of these days. While it’s nice to have the relaxation of such a stretch of time, there are certainly little moments that give me the same feeling of contentment. And those moments don’t need to be extravagantly planned things. Most often, they happen in the peripheral, coming out of nowhere just to wash over you for a minute or two and are gone again in an instant, leaving just a fleeting impression behind.
I’ve been trying to be more aware of those little moments, those little washes of feeling lately. The little differences between joy and awe and contentment. To be mindful of each enough to recognize and make time for the feeling. And I’ve come to realize just how many intentionally enjoyable moments I make time for in a day.
For reading and taking in the emotions and perspectives of another life. For feeling the breeze as the seasons shift from bitter to welcoming. For reuniting with a friend you haven’t seen in ages and swapping stories over Thai noodles. For walking into a crowded room on your own and feeling proud. For seeing dear family succeed and make plans for the future. For the little morning joy of playing a game, which really feels like a tiny, happy tradition. For cat naps — literally. For a meaningful conversation that leaves a lasting impression.
I feel like I had forgotten about those little moments for a while. Lately, though, I’m more aware than ever.
Speaking of little, intentional moments…
You know how much I love reading?
You know how much I love hot beverages?
You know how much I love both together on a rainy day?
Book-bonding aside, I was touched when the owner, Andy, explained that his reason for creating Plum Deluxe was to strive for the same ideal his mom lived by before succumbing to breast cancer.
“My mom taught me that no matter your circumstances, you can choose to create moments that matter, every day. And some of the most enjoyable moments are the small things – time to sleep in, relaxing in a reading nook, going on a neighborhood walk, or catching up with an old friend over a cup of tea.”
I couldn’t agree more, and I think that’s an amazing mission to have, for any company or individual.
It also didn’t hurt that I immediately thought, “Subscription tea box? Where have you been all of my life!” I already have a tea problem, but getting to try a new flavor of tea every month sounds like a nice, manageable way to branch out from my buying the same stuff all of the time.