Joie de vivre; joy of living, a French phrase used to describe a hearty and cheerful enjoyment of life. One writer stated that “it can be a joy of conversation, joy of eating, joy of anything one might do…And joie de vivre may be seen as a joy of everything, a comprehensive joy, a philosophy of life.” James reminds us of this very idea. “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” To lack in nothing. Isn’t that the mindset we all want to attain? As I allow that comprehensive joy to saturate my thoughts more each day, I grow closer to the place where my heart lacks in nothing.
I want to introduce a series that features this very idea, joie de vivre, the little things that bring joy to my life each day. My hope is that you can find your own joie de vivre, whether it’s at home with your family, meeting and showing kindness to a stranger, in quiet with your own thoughts, living in the present and taking notice of your surroundings, or simply at the kitchen table sharing a cup of coffee and an afternoon goûter with a friend.
Every Friday we look forward to meeting Adam at the Farmers Market after he gets off from work. Nora and I walk about a half mile in anticipation of seeing our main guy and then slowly peruse the local fare. Our habit lately has been to grab what looks the most appetizing and come home to prepare a simple dinner and soak up our Friday evening with each other. Stay out of the kitchen, steal more kisses from your people and let this juicy bruschetta fill your hearts and bellies!
Tomato and Basil Bruschetta