January 11

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A Collective List of Small Joys

Bởi Odyssa

January 11, 2023

Our days have two faces - the beaming and the downcast. In between lies a space of neutrality.

Within that space, there are small things that make a big difference. These things are not what we call essential but they give meaning to the hours we consume while here. 

I made a list of these things today. 

Final day at Tung Thu Beach, Cat Ba Island, Vietnam

Mama's cooking

cozy socks

ginger tea 

scented candle

morning yoga

sea shells

a student asking which word to use in her essay

my students teaching me a Vietnamese phrase

clicking 'Publish' after writing a blog post

the smell of my dog after bath

(her smell before bath is okay too)

old photographs from home

purple pens, fountain pens 

cheap, yellow daisies from the market

oatmeal with honey

cycling between fields and mountains

Morning cycling in Ninh Binh, Vietnam. 

waking up to a plan-less Sunday

finding a quiet cafe in a noisy city 

writing prompts

sharing podcasts, articles, and books to people who will enjoy them 

thick jackets and blankets

finding the right book when it's needed

video calls with friends and family

having the right words to say

knowing when to be silent

Making this list is nice to do once in a while. What would you put on your list?

Read my open letter to 2023 here.

Odyssa ·

Giới thiệu về tác giả

Odyssa là một nhà văn đến từ Philippines. Cô là tác giả của Like A New Sun Rising: A Collection of Poems on Love. Khi không làm việc hoặc viết lách ở nhà, cô ấy ra ngoài dắt chó đi dạo. Cô thích đi du lịch, tập yoga, lạc vào sách vở và phim truyền hình Hàn Quốc. Đối với cô ấy, dành thời gian cho một thực hành hoặc nghi lễ hàng ngày là món quà tốt nhất cho bản thân.

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