I was intrigued by the title The Book of Delights: Essays by Ross Gay so I ordered it from the library and began to read some of the essays.

The essays were thought-provoking and the prose was spare and eloquent. The essays were brief – written over the course of one year, starting and ending on the author’s birthday. Tis is another book of short readings that would be perfect for contemplative or inspirational purposes.

The more essays I read, the more I began to think that The Book of Delights would be well used as a series of writing prompts. The more I read, the more I thought, “I should write my own book of delights.” So should you, so should we all!

I put aside Gay’s book and found my own journal n the shelf. I wrote out a delight for my own day. Over the course of the next few hours, I asked others to do the same. I suggested this to the last patient I saw and to the social worker who works across the hall from me.

In the future, I will browse through Gay’s book from time to time, but I will also hope to see some of the essays written by the authors all around me – at work and at home.

Why not try this yourself? Write a short essay, every day if you can, about some thing that delights you. If you have trouble getting down to it, read an essay from The Book of Delights for inspiration.

(Note: I read the 2019 Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill edition of this book.)

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