Finding Joy, if you take the time


This is one of several sunflowers we have planted around the yard and the only one that is potted. Because these seeds are in a pot, they’re probably at their true height right now. Last night, we even saw a new bud! Can’t wait to see that inspiring bright yellow flower!

It’s the little things in life that bring true joy, isn’t it? If we stop what we’re doing, if we slow down instead of frantically moving about, the little things will stand out more so not to be missed. As you know from prior posts, I’ve never been into gardening, but something sparked my interest this year. I’ve learned to appreciate taking care of flowers and plants, and then watching them grow and bloom. A special kind of beauty. We have a regular routine, but if they look dry at any time in-between, it’s as though my heart breaks before getting out the hose and giving them their much needed drink of water.

So, to end the week, I’m sharing some sunflower joy, and to encourage you all (myself included) to continue enjoying the little things in your lives. They are what matter most. They are what bring true joy within. I’ll end with a few inspiring quotes…

“You need to let the little things that would ordinarily bore you suddenly thrill you.” 
~ Andy Warhol

“The small things of life were often so much bigger than the great things . . . the trivial pleasure like cooking, one’s home, little poems especially sad ones, solitary walks, funny things seen and overheard.”
~Barbara Pym

“I live to enjoy life by the littlest things, feeling the grass between my toes, breathing fresh air, watching the wind sway the trees, enjoying the company of loved ones, a deep conversation, getting lost in a good book, going for a walk in nature, watching my kids grow up. Just the feeling itself of being alive, the absolute amazing fact that we are here right now, breathing, thinking, doing.” 
~Marigold Wellington




35 thoughts on “Finding Joy, if you take the time

  1. Lauren, I agree with you so much about the “little” things. The simple things. That’s what life is all about.
    Your potted sunflower looks healthy and well-loved – can’t wait to see pictures of it when it blooms. (Gardening does get into your blood! 🌻🌻🌻)
    Hugs, ❤️🌸🌼🌱🌿🌹😊

    1. I think as we get older, the little things become bigger in a better way. I’m glad you think so, too, Betty. And we can’t wait to see blooms and I’ll share when we do. This is a first, so it’s been fun and exciting to watch them grow. Yes, I think gardening is in my blood now, even though it’s a little late in getting there. 🙂
      Hugs back! 💕🌷🌻☘🦋🌾🍁🌳

  2. I completely agree it’s important to enjoy all of the little things in life. Yesterday evening, I spent half an hour video taping a male cardinal feeding his young. It was so sweet. Have a wonderful weekend, Lauren. ❤

    1. I’m glad you agree, too, Jill, and that video sounds so sweet and precious. Nature provides an abundance of beautiful entertainment, and it’s all around us if we open our eyes to it. Wishing you a wonderful weekend, too! 💗🌼

  3. Beautiful and gentle post Lauren, letting us come into your garden and
    see your sunflower, through your words imagine a garden well loved …
    and watered.😊 . I so agree with the little things that matter. Wherever we are or doing, that will always be the truth.

    Your quotes are beautiful too.


    1. Miriam, thank you for your lovely and warm comment. Gardening appealed to me later in life, but at least it’s not too late. 🙂 Watching all the sunflowers grow has been rewarding in its own right. I’ll share the blooms when they arrive, too. I’m glad you also liked the quotes. I’ve always loved quotes, so I enjoy sharing their wisdom and beauty. Wishing you a wonderful weekend. 💗🌻

    1. Thanks, Alison, and I believe you are right. 🙂 It’s about slowing down in this fast-paced technological world we live in and taking in all the beauty and blessings around us. Have a great weekend! ❤🌼

  4. A lovely Sunflower post Lauren, brings back memories for me, of seeing acres and acres of these beautiful flowers, and explaining to my kids how their heads turned to follow the Sun in its days progress.

    1. Thanks so much, Ian, and your memory sounds absolutely gorgeous. I also love that fact of them turning their heads to follow the sun. Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

  5. What a brilliant sunflower plant thriving thanks to your loving care,dear Lauren!Wonderful post and choice of quotations,gentle your thoughts and your feelings.Blessed those who find the real essence of life in tiny things.Enjoy a beautiful & peaceful weekend ❤ 🙂 xxx

    1. Thanks so much, Doda! I’m glad you not only loved the sunflowers, but also the quotes. It’s been so rewarding watching these seeds grow into tall, strong flowering plants. Can’t wait to see them bloom. And yes, I believe there is more satisfaction and contentment found in the realization that the little things in life matter most. 🙂 Have a blessed Sunday, my friend. Big hugs! 🌻🌼

  6. It is and always has been the little things. Your quotes are lovely and I agree wholeheartedly with them. I can’t wait to see your sunflower in bloom. Love and hugs, dear Lauren. 💗💗💗

    1. I’m glad you agree, too, about the little things, Michelle. But I think maybe as we get older this statement becomes more apparent than when we’re younger, feeling invincible. Don’t you think? I’ll share the blooms when they surface and we can’t wait either. Love and hugs to you and hope you have a lovely weekend! 💕🌻

  7. I love sunflowers. I can remember travelling across the US long ago and coming up over a hill with a broad plain in front of us extending many miles. And on most of the land it was crops of sunflowers. What a beautiful sight! I’ll never forget that.

    1. I can just imagine that beautiful sight, Ian. Wow! There are a few places around here where a bunch of sunflowers stand tall, smiling to everyone who passes by. And they are stunning! I’m glad you enjoyed the sunflower part. We’re beginning to see some buds so are anxious to see the flowers. I’ll post again when they’re in bloom. Thanks for your comment, as always!

  8. I couldn’t agree more with you about the importance of appreciating the little things in life, Lauren, as there are far more of those than the grand ones. Your sunflower looks impressively high and I can’t wait for the flowers to show – as will be the case for all the bees in your area. 😉 Beautiful quotes too – you never fail to inspire me, my friend! Happy Wednesday! 😄💖

    1. Thanks for your beautiful comment, Sarah, that warmed my heart. All the sunflowers are growing and growing but no flowers yet. Can’t wait to share when they do arrive. 🙂 It’s nice to hear that I inspire you, too. Have a wonderful day! 💗🎉😊🌻🌸

  9. The nurturing of life, any life, in this lifetime, has always been a wonderfully engaging distraction from the stresses and strains of daily living. No matter how tired I would be at the end of a long, demanding day, I always looked forward to slipping outside in the darkness and stillness of the night, the quiet a blanket, soothing, comforting, to roll out the hose and spray life’s renewal upon delicate refinements of floral splendor dancing upon rich soils of deep, dark goodness.

    By sunrise in the morn, petals dappled in glistening stretch and yawn to greet the new day, exquisitely tended and bathed in the cool of night beneath a glittering starlit vastness above and beyond. Life is rich in all its forms and flavors.

    1. Thanks so much for your lovely and insightful comment, Don. I couldn’t have said it any better. 🙂 I especially love your last line…”life is rich in all its forms and flavors.”

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