Day 4 Nature Series
“We must risk delight. We can do without pleasure,
but not delight. Not enjoyment. We must have
the stubbornness to accept our gladness in the ruthless
furnace of this world.” – Jack Gilbert
For a while I abandoned delight from my life.
Thinking it can’t be all that important if I was having so much fun and joyous relish in life! Thinking it wasn’t unnecessary in light of more solemn and strenuous callings in life. Thinking that people don’t actually take a delighted person very seriously, anyway.
Oh, how very wrong I was.
A pinch of delight is like a coursing river of joy to the soul.
It is what makes the mountain worth climbing. It is what protects us from the dark cynicism that swirls thick and furious around us. It is what gives us wings when we forget we can fly. It is what heals us in the midst of so much brokenness.
Risk delight. Be stubborn about it. Be uncompromising in finding delight in your everyday. It is there. A gift from the Universe.
Live in vibrant delight.
Great quote and great pictures too!
Is that squirrel from your backyard?
Close enough! 🙂
So much like the tiny ones from the garden in Geneva that ate sugar cubes from my father’s hand.
Oh, my goodness I loooove those photos!! I adore squirrels! 💖💖💖💖. And I soooo agree about the delight! 🐬💖🐬💖
I dare anyone to look at a squirrel and not feel instant delight! 🙂 So very lovely to have you over Trini. x
Yes! I agree! 😄💖🐿💖🐿💖🐿💖
And dolphins too!! 💖🐬💖🐬💖🐬
Yes, indeed! How can anyone resist a dolphin!
Thank you so much! Sharon x
It’s a pleasure. Claire.
What a beautiful reminder. Our children are such good models of delight. They can teach us so much.
You are so absolutely right! I was just thinking of my son while writing this. He joyfully immerses himself in delight each day. He spends time nurturing what gives him joy. I never want to abandon what feeds my soul. Hugs to you Ruth! x
What kind of camera do you have? I love these photos!
Hi Valorie, I use a Sony DSLR for most of my blog photography and macro shots. I’m still an amateur but photography has brought so much joy to my life! Thank you so much x
Thank you, your photos look like art.
When I think of delight I think of innocence and appreciation in its sweetest form.
I also think of dessert!
A truly delightful post 🎈
You said it Val. Innocence and purity always fill me up with a warm wonder. I find that so often it is discarded and scoffed at as being weak when to me it’s a sign of pure light. Oh, you made me laugh with dessert! 😀 How can we discount that when our eyes shine and our hearts lurch just a bit at the thought of dessert. ❤
Love this post, Sharon, and the photos are, well, delightful: Full of Light. 🙂 Thank you for this beautiful opening to living more deeply and gratefully. Gentle Peace and Great Delight!
I realised that the call to immerse oneself in joy is just as deep a calling as to work out one’s vocation. For to be able to delight oneself is sometimes the highest compliment to life. But, I’m guessing you already knew that one Kitty! Love, Sharon
I love the pictures and the message. Delightedly yours, ❤
Dearest Brenda, I suspect you have found great depths of joy in the everyday which has sustained you and given you insights of great worth. I cherish you and your journey and the inspiration that you are to me. Love, Sharon
I couldn’t agree with you more! (As you know 🙂 ) And I’m fascinated by that very delightful little squirrel – so different than any we have over here. I imagine they make stuffed toys modeled after him!
This little chappie here made me laugh out loud with his cheeky antics. After granting me a few shots, he went on his merry way bounding lightly above the branches and taking a few peeks at me every now and again. The squirrels we have over here are curious little things and I suspect very mischievous 🙂
Beautiful vibrant delight captures!
For many it can be a long journey. Thank you so much for sharing you insights. 😍💖
Wonderful photos and reminders Sharon. I love the soft feel of your photos with a sense of beauty and grace. May we always dance with delight! 🙂
I’m delighted by your delightful post, and that isn’t intended to as punny.
What an adorable little chap! And, seemingly not at all camera shy. A lovely capture of him/her going about the forest floor, it must have been a joy and delight to watch, it’s so sweet 🙂
Thank you for this! What a wonderful poem! I needed that!
Oh thank you for this! I needed that! We need to laugh and joke every day!
Thank you my dearest Margaret for reaching out to me with your warm feedback! Oh, don’t we all need the healing power of laughter and bubbling delight washing through our souls. We are cleansed by daily doses of delight. If we but truly understood its true place in our lives, this world would be transformed! Hugs my beautiful friend! Sharon
Thank you my dear gentle friend. I do so enjoy it when you visit. Blessings.
Those pictures are stunning! And well spoken, something new to live by.
Beautiful message – thank you!
Beautiful squirrel! Yes, beauty and delight are two very good healers for the soul.
Delight is one of my favorite words and states of being! 🙂
And isn’t that a most wonderful place to be! Thinking of you Viki! xx
So true, Sharon! I love it.
They look so adorable. They do make one smile. Lovely shots, Sharon. 🙂
You speak from my soul, and those photos are such a subtle, lovely and well captured way to illustrate your words!
Thank you dear Sabine! So lovely to hear from you. Wishing you a beautiful weekend. Hugs x
you too, hugs back! Sabine
Sigh, how beautiful photos. I love them.
Thank you so much!! And so lovely to hear from you! I hope this finds you well. Happy September!
Aaaaah, so beautiful. ❤