20161108_simple-pleasuresSome of my favorite things:

  • Getting up early when the world is quiet but for the birds.
  • Holding a sleeping baby.
  • Lunch with friends.
  • Meaningful conversations with someone with opposing views.
  • First sip of fresh-brewed coffee.
  • Wine tastings and winery tours.
  • Saturday night card games with family.
  • Curling up with a good novel and a cup of tea.
  • Looking at old pictures.
  • A satisfying workout, especially done outdoors.
  • Lending a hand to someone in need.
  • Rainy days in the desert.
  • Cooking a new recipe that turns out great.
  • Baking bread.
  • Cold beer on a hot day.
  • Working on my latest hobby project.
  • Meeting someone new and really clicking with them.
  • Hiking in Dreamy Draw Park.
  • Getting help from an unexpected source.
  • Finding $20 in a jacket pocket.
  • Pictures of Penny.
  • Trying a new restaurant that hits the mark.
  • The sound of ocean waves.
  • Sunsets in Phoenix

What are yours?

This is the month when reminders to be thankful are all around. Not that we should need them from card companies or department stores! But we do often get so caught up in our day-to-day tasks  that we forget all the little things that make life rich. You may have seen magazine articles or social media posts about starting a gratitude journal – writing down every day three things for which you are grateful. It’s a nice idea, a way to recall the good things in your life if you run into a rough patch. Being grateful doesn’t have to be formalized in writing. You can also just take a few minutes before you go to sleep to utter gratitude for your day. Maybe the weather was great; the dog obeyed all commands; you got a nice compliment from someone. And being grateful isn’t only for big or material things, celebrate the simple pleasures because these are what string together to make for a fulfilling life.

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