In this world of instant gratification, we sometimes forget to savor the simple things in life. One of my favorite memories is of my best friend and me splashing in the pool on a sweltering afternoon. Our kids were someplace else and we had a few minutes to ourselves. I recall the blue, blue sky, and the two of us, laughing for sheer joy as we dog paddled and cooled off. That friend later died a sad and early death (cancer). But I’ll always cherish that time together and that lovely memory. Lesson learned: joy is all around us if only we open our eyes to it. Every day I try to appreciate and draw joy from the simple things. (I purposely use the word “try” because sometimes it takes effort to appreciate the simple stuff.) Here are some of the simple pleasures that recently made me smile: a warm, sunny afternoon, birds waking me up in the morning, the feel of the grass between my toes, an ice cream sundae at the local ice cream store, my year-old grandson’s smile, a sweet, juicy apricot, the lush flower garden outside the bedroom window, talking to my mother on the phone. Sharing this with you, I am smiling.
What are your simple pleasures?