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Embrace the Small Joys of Life

by Katie Grills, Community Relations VISTA

Capture the spirit of a child

You might be looking for many ways to “cut back” this season, just like myself. Money’s tight, nerves tighter. I’ve personally tried every day to limit myself in more ways than I did the day before. There’s a lot of need for discipline in many parts of all of our lives , which challenges our patience and sense of compassion towards ourselves and others.

My wish for myself and for everyone else this season is that we might all be able to indulge in something a little impractical. I’m not talking about anything too crazy, like an impromptu flight to Paris for the scent of fresh baguette, or $150 bottles of champagne for your lavish holiday supper spread, instead I  challenge you to remember what the small joys of life feel like. Take time out to make cut-out sugar cookies with your loved ones, and actually enjoy eating a few- despite the temporary calorie overload. Relish the time it takes to carefully wrap a beloved friend’s gift in her favorite colored paper, and have fun with the bow, too! Belt out the lyrics to your favorite holiday song on the radio. When someone starts to laugh, laugh with them, and they might not have had that much fun in a while, and could use the brief moment of indulgence.

In a time when we’re trying to strike a balance between the things we love to do and what we have to do, I think it’s important to consider the joy that little creative moments bring us. TAP’s mission challenges its students to be creative every day to empower their lives. Let’s allow ourselves to embrace the same mission.

While we’re thinking of small indulgences, take a moment to swing by amazon.com. Peruse the virtual shelves for a book for yourself or your kids, and then take a look at TAP’s Books We Love Wishlist. Books will be shipped straight to us.

About creativeactionaustin

We are based in Austin, Texas and reach more than 16,000 young people every year through our unique blend of theatre and education programs.Our programs expose young people to critical social problems and offer opportunities for them to creatively think about how they can be a part of solutions to these problems. Creative Action is a unique blend of art and education – for us, the two are intertwined. We believe that using the arts as a teaching method provides a fun, engaging and inspiring way to learn – it incorporates the whole mind and body.

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