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  • Jolene Roehlkepartain

In Search of Delight

During these times of great suffering, uncertainty, and frustration, I’m searching for delight. Small things that make my day better.

Ross Gay, the author of The Book of Delights, inspired me. His book of short essays grew out of his goal of writing a daily essay about something delightful for one year.

His essays didn’t shut out the world and the issues we’re facing. In many ways, we’re being challenged to address the multiple, hard issues before us while not allowing ourselves to get pulled down into despair or cynicism.

Searching for a daily delight helps.

What delights me?

  1. Noticing what thrills my senses. In autumn, the changing colors of the leaves delight my eyes. The cool, crisp air invigorates my breath. A fresh, juicy peach tickles my tastebuds.

  2. Discovering a surprising goodness. The news often wears me out, and I’ve sought out news of hope and kindness. NBC Nightly News airs a segment called “Inspiring America” on most episodes. I skip all the bad news and watch only this segment.

  3. Taking a walk every day. During the pandemic, I’ve searched for an image to capture on my camera phone every day during my walk. It’s made me more attentive and aware, and I’ve discovered many wonders.

When Ross Gay finished writing his book of delights, he noticed this: “I felt my life to be more full of delight. Not without sorrow or fear or pain or loss. But more full of delight. I also learned this year that my delight grows—much like love and joy—when I share it.”

Let’s search for delight.

And let’s share what we discover.

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