TOTD Topic Of The Day – Lingering

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Linger
This week my friend from nursing school became a G’ma for the first time. When she sent me the announcement and the photo of her little sweetie I paused and lingered on his photo longer than I might normally have. I expanded the picture so that I could admire his perfect little features, I smiled as I imagined his first-time parents delighting in what they had created, I smiled as I imagined the new grandparent enamoured by this beautiful little being that will enhance their lives beyond measure.
By lingering, spending a little extra time, I experienced mudita – the pleasure of finding joy in the happiness and success of others. I wrote about Mudita in here.
Linger, a pretty word, it seemed to me and the experience made me wonder what else I am missing rushing from task to task. What else might I linger over and experience more joy from?
– a warm cup of chai tea and it’s unique smell that I love
– a homemade meal, one that we spend longer eating than we did preparing
– a kiss, a caress, a hug – holding on just a little longer
– a walk outdoors, less exercisey – more lingery
– people watching, children playing, happiness happening
– the sunset
-an idea, a quote, a good new story
-a warm shower, really noticing the water run from my head to my feet

I plod through my day from task to task

I give, a receive and help and I ask

I rush, work, I plan, I earn

I flit, I fly, I rush life by

But today I stopped, I paused, I waited

I enjoyed, I exhaled, I appreciated

I took a moment, some extra time

I lingered about, and made it mine

It felt like it was a luxury

Something special just for me

It led me down a surprising path

I didn’t question and no one asked

So I think I’ll linger on some more

Remember what life is really for

A kiss, a drink and evening stroll

When life gets heavy and takes it’s toll

Lingering an extra minute

Placing a smile firmly in it

Life is not an unending race

Today I linger at a gentle pace

Enjoy a little linger, Steph  ✌️

 

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