"Sit in reverie and watch the changing color of the waves that break upon the idle seashore of the mind."
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I've been a daydreamer all my life. In fact, it was written on my report cards frequently during my school years. Over the years every psychic I've ever visited (and there have been a few!) quickly labeled me as a daydreamer.
Of course, when the teachers wrote that I spent a lot of my day lost in my own world, it wasn't a good thing...
Forty years later and I still haven't lost my penchant for getting lost in my own dreams. There's just something magical about staring out a window or closing our eyes for a minute or two and imagining a different world, a different life.
Sometimes it's in those moments you find the answer to a question or a path becomes more defined. As a writer, I cherish those moments of reverie, those moments my wind wanders down a path of sights and smells that awaken ideas.
Most of us spend our days working, thinking rational and productive thoughts to complete our jobs or our assignments. We rush here and there always with the next task on our mind...it's pretty easy to get burnt out. But, ahhhh, toss in a daydream and it's like a power nap for your soul!
A few minutes letting your mind wander, free from stress and obligations and who knows where it might lead...maybe to a few minutes of unexpected joy in your day?
The trick is to NOT think about it, to simply let the it happen. Take a minute to stare off into space, gaze out an open window or close your eyes and take a deep breath. Let the peace of the moment wash over you and LET THE JOY IN.
I do have to warn you that daydreaming should be done with caution, as the psychic once warned me, "no daydreaming while driving!" So, please daydream responsibly!
Wherever your travels take you this week, I wish you moments of joy.
*52 Ways to Joy is a weekly post to celebrate the simple ways to bring joy into your life and those around you. It's about the small moments that makes memories and give us all a sense of contentment in the crazy world we live in. If you're joining me here for the first time, by clicking on the label "52WTJ" you can read the previous posts!
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