Issue 5 of the beautiful magazine Bella Grace carries a gorgeous illustrated quote from a chap called H. Jackson Brown Jr as follows:
“Watch the sunrise at least once a year, put a lot of marshmallows in your hot chocolate, lie on your back and look at the stars, never buy a coffee table you can’t put your feet on, never pass up a chance to jump on a trampoline, don’t overlook life’s small joys while searching for the big ones.”
What small pleasures gave you moments of intense joy in 2015?
What more could you cultivate in 2016?
Oooooh! *claps hands excitedly
So many things gave me intense joy! Where to begin! Here are just a few!
*Sitting out on the lawn in the dark taking pictures of the night sky (incredibly relaxing)
*Laying out on the grass, eyes closed as the sun kisses my face
*A day trip to Door County and getting to see a friend and also eat at Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant! I just wish the goats had been out on the roof!
*Getting in touch with my Swedish heritage through baking!
*Finding gifts for friends and sending them to them out of the blue.
*Hearing my daughter giggle and tell her whacky jokes.
*A cup of fresh ground, pour over coffee from Montana.
*Breathing in fresh, chilly Fall/Winter air.
*Twinkling Christmas lights in our yard.
*Pumpkins. Always pumpkins.
*Organizing Christmas cards to be sent out by state and sometimes zip code – if there are many going to one particular state. Yes, I know it is not necessary but I’ve always done it and it gives me this odd pleasure to do so.
*Finding perfect Autumn leaves on the sidewalk or grass and taking a picture.
I plan (of course!) to continue this in the new year! How could I not! I will take more time to indulge in the little things. But it is not difficult for me to do this! I delight in all that is around me! That is one of the best things about life!
Reverb is a yearly writing challenge that takes place in December. Being the end of the year, it is the perfect time to reflect and think about all that we hold dear to us and to let go of those things that are weighing us down or holding us back. I hope you’ll join us as we share in this wonderful yearly ritual that has become so dear to so many – especially me.