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Life in Abundance

Bliss in the Constants

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By Fylvia Fowler Kline

I love special events throughout the year—ones that create new memories, ones that inject excitement into the otherwise mundane and routine. Events like birthdays, vacations and impromptu evenings at the theatre.

 

But I also love the constants of every day—the predictable and planned that bring rhythm and meaning to the mundane and routine.

 

I find there’s bliss in the constants, in the simple things like these:

 

1. A cup of tea every morning. Just Mr. Kitty, me and the silence of a new day.

 

2. One oatmeal raisin and walnut cookie from Cookie Connection per trip to the post office. It makes up for how much I hate the packing and shipping part of eBay sales.

 

3. Hot tub conversations. Every evening, we come together for dinner, followed by 20 minutes in the hot tub. Special news and conversations are saved for our evening ritual.

 

4. Skypeing with my daughter at bedtime. I sleep better knowing she’s safe in her dorm room, tucked in for the night.

 

5. Browsing for castles for sale. What can I say, you’ve got to daydream a little!

 

6. Reading a new book every Friday. Gives me a good reason to relax and enjoy the weekend. Chores will still be there on Monday.

 

7. Journaling my thoughts on a Bible text on Sundays. It’s like a mega dose of Ginseng for me.

 

8. Long Sabbath afternoon naps. This one’s self-explanatory.

 

Make a list of the constants that break the mundane in your life. Recognize the little things that add bliss to your ordinary day.

 

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Author: Fylvia

If I could be a beachcomber who simply reads, writes and watches old movies all day, I would. Since that’s as far fetched as most of my other daydreams, I read and write and watch old movies in between being a working mother and wife. But it’s all good—God’s brought into my life more exciting experiences than a beachcomber could ever imagine.

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