Comfort and joy are at the top of the list of good things we seek, according to my new friend Colette Lafia’s book, appropriately titled Comfort and Joy: Simple Ways to Care for Ourselves and Others. I think she’s onto something. But what’s even more interesting to me is the idea (which I think is valid and verifiable) that the search goes far beyond the personal thoughts for daily living Colette focuses on in her lovely little book. (You are hereby invited to visit my fran-johns-on-celebrations.blogspot.com blog for a small exposition on how the yearning for comfort and joy is a cradle-to-grave phenomenon.) Whether it’s only the basic comfort – a roof over one’s head and something to eat – that survivors of cyclones and earthquakes and homelessness seek, or the existential comfort of feeling OK in the world, that foundation can lead to joy. And for many of us, joy is the payoff. Colette’s comfortable book is 5 ½” by 6 ½”, 130 feel-good soft-cover pages of vignettes and mini-essays. Under such headings as ‘Acceptance,’ ‘History,’ ‘Solitude’ and ‘Napping’ (the ultimate, if you ask me), it features end-piece advice notes for each segment called ‘Cultivating Comfort.’ Check it out; buy a copy for a friend. It’s a joy.
Causes Fran Johns Supports
Compassion & Choices of N.CA
San Francisco Interfaith Council