“When it rains look for rainbows, when it's dark look for stars.” – Oscar Wilde.
Twin Peaks, the fictional town in Washington state and cult 1990s crime drama television series, focuses on an investigation led by FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper and Sheriff Harry Truman. Upon taking a break from the investigation to stop by the Double R Diner for coffee, Agent Cooper gives Sheriff Truman a simple piece of advice before taking a sip: “I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don't plan it. Don't wait for it. Just let it happen.”
For Agent Cooper, there is nothing better than a good cup of coffee. His conversation with Harry illuminates how there are joyful moments all around us, and all we have to do is let it happen. He goes on to say, “It could be a new shirt at the men’s store, a catnap in your office chair, or two cups of good, hot, black coffee.”
While we may feel stuck at home or anxious, there is comfort in being reminded that there are opportunities all around us for little bits of joy. It could be picking up the phone to call an old friend, or witnessing a rainbow after a storm, or having a scoop of ice cream for breakfast. By being open to what unfolds before us in our daily lives, we can find indulgence in the mundane and feel gratitude for the simple things.
It’s reasonable to feel like we are at the whim of the world right now, and that much is out of our control. But there is beauty in the fact that we can take ownership of our daily lives to pause and create moments of delight, no matter how small. Give yourself a present every day by taking the time to care for yourself and celebrate what makes you happy.
Link to the scene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JLnC0e5dUU
[Photo credit: Meredith Kucik]