Sometimes it can be challenging to find something to do that everyone enjoys. My wonderful wife, Laura, came up with a plan on the first day of Diwali – together we would construct a rangoli. It brought together my mother-in-law, Phyllis, a wonderful artist, with my daughter, Ruchi, who also loves visual art, and the two of us. Laura did the groundwork, conceiving the activity and buying the supplies. When I saw everyone having fun, it was easy to join in.

Diwali is the Festival of Lights in India, a Hindu holiday. It celebrates the prevalence of good over evil, knowledge over ignorance. A rangoli is a pattern, like a mandala, that is made with colored powders, flowers, or even quartz. Creating rangolis is a traditional activity on Diwali, among other holidays.

Regardless of the message behind the activities, the practice of sorting the flowers, placing them in symmetric positions and doing it together is a wonderful experience. Everyone had a role to play and we were all having fun. It was a great way to come together and take delight in a mutual creation; in other words, practice joy.

What is something joyful you might do in the week ahead?


“Joy is found not in finishing an activity, but in doing it.” – Greg Anderson