We live in a world where the pace is frenetic! Some days, we’re so focused on rushing and planning and finishing; we forget to take a breath and relish the ordinary things that make life special.
Many of you have contributed to the following list of simple pleasures. Reading them will help remind us of all there is to savor!
The fragrance that hits you the moment you open the door to a bakery.
That first bit of writing in a brand new notebook.
A beautifully wrapped gift.
Dinner out with enough leftover for the next day’s lunch!
Pouring tea from a teapot.
Hearing the rain as you snuggle under the covers.
A small bouquet of flowers in a pretty little vase.
The first real chill of autumn, when you can see your breath.
First glimpses of Halloween decorations at Michael’s!
The quiet beauty of a sparkly night time snowfall.
The Twinkle of a Christmas tree in a dark room.
The first smell of fresh brewed coffee in the morning.
Sitting on the screen porch, reading in the summer, and the scent of rain on the grass.
Watching the birds at my feeder.
Sitting by the pond talking to the frogs and watching other critters.
Monday morning in vacation week.
Cold Cream spreading through hot coffee or tea. Hypnotic!
The smell of hot streets after a quick rain
The feel of good clean sheets on clean skin
Realizing you’re reading a really good book.
Rereading a good book that’s almost forgotten.
Sun reflections on the bottom of a clear pool.
A cat snoring on the couch.
(Seriously, very funny.)
Remember Maxwell House coffee? I loved the smell when we used the coffee key to uncoil the top. Ahh that coffee was so fresh.
Baby hair and skin after a bath – heaven.
The feel of a puppy’s fur against my cheek.
The smell of leaves burning.
The feel of clean sheets.
The smell of newly mowed grass.
Anything freshly baked.
crunching through Autumn leaves
crisp untrodden snow underfoot
seeing new lambs in the fields
a new book to read in the bath
the crust from a new loaf
From Kelly Ann:
I love the sound of the waves when the ocean hits the rocks.
The smell of Christmas Cookies
The Smell of freshly popped popcorn
The juice of an orange as it runs down your chin
The sound of children’s laughter at the local playground.
The first leaves and flowers of spring.
From Jennifer P:
I’d like to add…savor the time with your kids. When they become teenagers, you will wish you had those days back again!
the warmth of family in front of a warm fireplace
reading a good book
the smell and colors of my flower beds
the laugh of a child
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