The Key to Delight

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The comforting smell of fresh coffee in the morning.

A single red rose you bought yourself at the market.

A light read outside on an autumn afternoon.

Delight manifests itself in different shapes and ways, meaning something personal and significant depending on the time and place that it happens. Thinking of a moment long-gone, only existing now through a vague memory, yet absorbing every detail of the present, holding onto a special occurrence you know will never happen again.

The sound of rain and thunder past the fragile windows of the building.

The memory of your mother putting on makeup on a Saturday morning.

Catching the eyes of an attractive stranger passing by.

It is funny to be aware of the presence of the word “light” in this synonym of pleasure. It is almost as if the word itself was built with delight and has a strong desire to prove it and make it so obvious it slaps you across the face. An urge to overindulge in it encompasses us every single day, and maybe it is exactly there that lies the irony of the "de" that actually means to take away. In other words, to take away the light.

The unexpectedly deep conversation with a new friend at a boring party.

The smile of someone opening a present you gave them.

Having powerful, fulfilling sex with a loved one.

Our best qualities and virtues can be our strengths, and they may just as quickly become our worst traits - even enemies. A true friend is always there for you when you need them. Yet this strong resilience, if uncared for, can mutate into clinginess, giving no enjoyment and creating resentment. a wall in between the two that grows cold and thick little by little. Delight, if abused, can become a burden and loses its intended value.

The taste of wine at a sidewalk café by yourself.

The feeling of silk against your newly-shaved legs.

Listening to a life-changing song for the very first time.

These little things should be acknowledged, appreciated, and enjoyed. All good things come to an end, although that does not mean they are gone forever.

The key to delight remains in the priority of the present moment.

To take it in with our full attention and compile it in our little box of memories that are cherished the most, because - yes, this box is quite small.

Small and magical and enchanting.

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Laura Sofía Zepeda is a lover of art. She is currently working on getting her degree in Psychology while writing, practicing yoga and meditation to keep the creativity flowing. She works with a non-profit organization called Far More Productions that helps people fight suicide and depression and seek to create films that are relatable while offering good-quality content. @laurasofiazep

Maria Borghoff