Honestly, playing off of yesterday’s blog about music, when I heard the word delight, I immediately think of the song “Groove is in the Heart” by the music group Deee-Lite.
This delight, though, is the actual delight. Webster’s Dictionary defines delight as:
: a high degree of gratification or pleasure : JOY children squealing in delight also : extreme satisfaction seems to take delight in the misfortunes of others
1: to take great pleasure delighted in playing the guitar
The reason for delight? Well, first, why not? Everyone loves finding or taking “great pleasure” or “a high degree of gratification” with something.
Yesterday, I talked briefly about a crappy day in a string of crappy days. However, tonight, on my way to see my daughter (check out my wife’s blog to see more – she’s a first time SOL writer!) I’ll be relistening to a podcast from PRX called This American Life. The episode that I’ll be listening to is called “The Show of Delights” and the program matches up with the title: A show about delight.
In this episode, we a little guy named Cole, waiting for his first bus ride to school. He and his mom wait, they talk to people, they role-play how to greet the bus driver, and suddenly, the bus comes around the corner. You hear this squeal of joy:
That’s my bus!! It’s really happening!!
The delight of Cole is almost tangible. You can almost reach out and touch that feeling he has, running up the steps and surveying the rows of seats. It’s just an amazing part of the whole episode focused on how we feel delight, what causes it, and how to capture more of it.
So, I reflected, what causes me delight?
- The pizza I just ate (Blaze Pizza in Ames – so VERY GOOD!!)
- A Diet Coke after a week of not having Diet Coke
- Warm chocolate chip cookies
- Seeing my daughters walk through the door
- Watching my wife write her blog
- Seeing my parents
- Coming home
So many different things, different layers, and levels, but delight all the same.
Cole is a small part of the entire episode about delight, so I encourage you to have a listen!
Finally, what’s something that causes you delight? 🙂
March 6, 2020 at 8:21 am
One little delight from yesterday was coming home and finding a lone crocus so close to blooming.
March 6, 2020 at 8:50 am
Thanks to your post, I found my own slicing topic for today! (Pizza made my list too). And yes to coming home–there is always that rush of pure pleasure when I walk in the door. I really like how you weave together several different things here–your own list, the show that sparked your thinking, the dictionary definition, and of course “Groove Is in the Heart,” which I am now singing in my head!
March 6, 2020 at 2:25 pm
I LOVE that song from way back in the day. It always seems to find it’s way back into my consciousness, I’m glad it made you sing! I love it you wrote about this as well. That makes me feel all creative! 😂😂❤❤
March 6, 2020 at 3:10 pm
Thanks! It is a delight to read your words. I’ll look into the podcast. A few weeks ago, someone hung a huge cutout of the word joy in our workroom. The question written above it is “what brings you joy?” It was fun seeing all the different responses. Everyone’s joy is a bit different.
March 6, 2020 at 10:53 pm
I am stealing this idea! It was be great to see what does bring people joy!
March 6, 2020 at 7:25 pm
OK. So tomorrow morning I’m going to check out your episode of This American Life. It fits right in with my “Isn’t This Nice..” post! Love that your wife is blogging too–I’ll check hers out too!
March 6, 2020 at 10:48 pm
She’s our family’s writer (English degree). I’m glad that I got her talked into blogging this year. I’m not sure if she’ll continue, but it’s a start! 🙂