Simple Things


~ The art of being happy lies in knowing the value of simple things ~

We all have those days when it is difficult to find any reason to be cheerful (or at least a little less miserable!). Did you know that the simple act of being thankful increases the amount you have to be thankful for?

By paying attention to the little things on a regular basis – warm blankets, a sunset, a welcome cup of tea, a flower, a smile, an Internet connection, five minutes peace, food in the cupboards – makes you more aware of just how much you have to be grateful for.

And when you are feeling down, noticing these gifts can lift your spirits.

Here’s a few things for which I am grateful this week…

  • Trays of cosmos seedlings
  • The sound of the rain outside
  • Discovering with Jay how to put his new bmx together from scratch – with no instructions
  • A handmade Easter card from Emily
  • Apple and cherry blossom in the garden
  • Our vegetable and fruit box delivery – such a blessing to be able to afford one of these now and again, I really appreciate it.
  • Delicious and simple food blog I found: minimalistbaker.com
  • Wild rabbit spotted hopping around our garden and nibbling on the chard. Somehow much easier to forgive than the slugs. Must be something to do with cuteness rating no doubt.
  • Watching Les Sylphides with Carla Fracci and Rudolf Nureyev – takes me back to my dancing days. Carla Fracci is just perfect in this romantic role.
  • Making pizzas today with Emily
  • Playing football with Jay
  • Jay practicing stunts on his new bike
  • A very inspiring and true story. Read it here: Stephen’s Story

I’d like to leave you with this beautiful quote that I discovered a couple of days ago..

“To live content with small means;
to seek elegance rather than luxury, 
and refinement rather than fashion;
to be worthy, not respectable,
and wealthy, not rich;
to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages,
with open heart;
to study hard, to think quietly,
act frankly, talk gently,
await occasions, hurry never;
in a word,
to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious,
grow up through the common
– this is my symphony.”

~ William Henry Channing

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