Friendly Friday: SIMPLE JOYS

Logo for Friendly Friday Photo Challenge hosted by TheSandyChronicles and SomethingToPonderAbout

Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot of the phrase: “Does it bring you joy?”

I’ve been trying to declutter my life. Twenty eight years of living in one house and two grown-up kids  make for a lot of clutter. When not overcome by the magnitude of it all, I’ll blitz a room and throw everything out.  “Does it bring you joy?” quickly turns into “Have you used it recently?” and “Do you even remember when last you did?”

If the answer is  “No, No and No” – Straight into the bin!

Turns out that things rarely give me joy.

For this week’s Friendly Friday Photo Challenge I ask you to share a photo depicting SIMPLE JOYS.

Maybe it’s a picture of something that brings you joy. Or a portrait with an expression of joy. Or a place or time of joy. It’s your choice.  Here are some of mine.

In this photo, a little monk delights in the unexpected pleasure of finding cake in the daily ration of alms.

Happy little monk in Bagan Myanmar
Little monk (Bagan, Myanmar)

In a Dempasar market, these joyful  sisters are caught laughing out loud.

Two sisters laughing in Dempasar market
Sisters laughing (Dempasar, Bali)

If you’ve ever  had a sibling, you’d know the simple pleasure in keeping something that your brother would rather have.

Happy girl in Phnom Penh
I have it and you don’t (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)

Joy is not limited to humans either. Can any dog resist a day at the beach with the biggest stick ever?  Anyone for a game of catch?

Dag with big stick on Cox Bay Beach Tofino
Catch ? (Tofino, Canada)

I look forward to seeing your interpretations of SIMPLE JOY. 

Remember to include a link to this post and a comment below,  so that I and others can find your response.

If you’re new to Friendly Friday, full instructions on how to participate can be found here.

This week’s challenge for SIMPLE JOYS goes up to Thursday, after which Amanda at StPA will post a new Friendly Friday challenge.

Toronto, Canada.  February 2020


  1. Declutter your life? Ooooh how I know what you mean! Each time we move I’m thinking I’m going to start afresh but things seem to multiply by themselves!
    Anyway, great prompt! I’ve been moaning quite a lot these days so it’s a perfect theme to remind us all to try focus on happy moments for a little while.
    Here is my interpretation:
    Have a great weekend!

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