My Delight Meter is in the Red

My mom coined this phrase several years ago on a trip she’d organized in Tuscany.   There were about 8 of us, mostly fellow students from the Laguna College of Art and Design where my mom was pursing her BFA.  Although I was not a student, I loved hanging with this brilliant cadre of artists.  Overlooking the undulating hills studded with olive trees and vineyards, we were sharing a bottle of Chianti and breathing in the pure air when she famously declared “my delight meter is in the red!”

Mom says it’s her translation of St. Ignatius’ idea of consolation versus desolation.  According to Ignatius, we have this kind of spiritual thermometer inside us.  It is our task to tune in.  If something feels delightful, pure, good and true, it is what he calls “consolation” and we should pursue it.  If something feels bad, wrong, impure, oppressive, it is the opposite force: desolation.  We should flee the latter while increasingly running after the former.

Last week I spent a day in Laguna Beach where my mom lives and while the baby slept I went for a walk.  Later that day the fabulous Alli Tosti came by with her two kids.  No question: my delight meter was in the red.

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8 thoughts on “My Delight Meter is in the Red

  1. Rebekah says:

    I love New York, but I wish I was in Laguna Beach right now. The high was 27 today. I just have to remember that at least it’s not snowing yet. Your pictures are glorious, as is your analogy, and it’s a wonderful thing to think about.

    • rebeccaannafaubion says:

      Thanks Rebekah! I think I needed to post this one today because I’m fighting major sleep deprivation (Aaron woke up nearly every hour last night!) so it helps me to remember how beautiful life can be! Anyway I love having this dialogue with each other’s blogs…you are a super star to me and I’m enjoying getting to know you better!

      • Rebekah says:

        I am loving you blog. It is totally ministering to me creatively. I too feel like I am learning so much more about you, and feeling really blessed your my sis-in-law.

  2. Love your writing! It sure puts my delight meter in the red 😉

    • rebeccaannafaubion says:

      You rock Caro!!! I checked out your site on tumblr – wonderful! I love love love seeing artists’ work in progress and hearing about their artistic process. Can’t wait to see you next Thursday

  3. mindy faubion says:

    ahhh… Luguna always puts my delight meter in the red! but being with you guys and in Laguna puts it in the neon red:) love the analogy. sorry to hear about the sleep deprivation. I’ll be praying for Aaron to sleep. love ya.

    • rebeccaannafaubion says:

      Thanks Mindy! We feel the same about you!!! Maybe someday we’ll have a place of our own in Laguna with a spare room to boot! For the meantime, I’ll just keep enjoying the glow of it. Today is quite quite dreary however, so it isn’t like it’s perpetual sunshine there. XXoo

  4. […] look at some green things in the distance. Wonderful idea. My head is clearer by the minute. And my delight meter is surely in the reddest of […]

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