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

I hope to make this a weekly ritual (or as near to weekly as I can manage) in an effort to include more gratitude in my life.

Here are a few of the things this week for which I am thankful:

    • Reading Johanna Massey’s blog and this excellent article about ecology and storytelling that she linked to on her site.
    • Watching a couple of charming films: Barefoot and Magic in the Moonlight
    • French plaiting Emily’s hair
    • Reading this article about Finding Your Writing’s ‘Occasion’… and consequently buying Sheila Bender’s book on Personal Essays
    • Kind visitors leaving comments on my blog
    • Waking up to lighter brighter mornings
    • Trudging through muddy puddles on a long village walk with Emily
    • Daffodils for £1 a bunch to brighten up the house
    • A slice of spiced banana loaf still warm from the oven
    • Cutting my son Jay’s hair – at least we can now see his face!
    • Saying goodbye to someone I knew for many years. A special service with bagpipes, spring rain and daffodils; a fitting occasion for a lady who loved the countryside, flowers, birds and the cycles of the seasons.

Would you like to join me? You could either leave a few things you are grateful for in the comments or link to your blog post and I will come visit.

Enjoy your weekend.


10 thoughts on “Simple Things

  1. Gratitude lists are wonderful tools for helping us be more aware of how many things are good. My office is freezing, but the space heater under my desk is working; I have plenty of food to eat and a full tank of gas in my car.

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  2. this is a lovely list of simple pleasures. I have been joining in with #celebratingdailiness with @hello_alm over on twitter and have found it a great way to acknowledge the small things to be grateful for x

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  3. “A mother is always the beginning. She is how things begin.”
    ― Amy Tan, The Bonesetter’s Daughter

    Thought of those words reading your post.
    I appreciate the acknowledgement. Know that your website, overflowing with your creativity is delightful.

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