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Sometimes an abundance of “stuff” is simply too much. Life isn’t about how much one can acquire at the point of farewell to our lovely planet; it is about moments, memories, and finding more of these moments of pleasure and happiness than the alternative.
One of my favorite magazines, The English Home, inspired me with regards to today’s post. After sharing a handful of English simple pleasures, I began to think, what events, moments, or things would I consider simple, yet at the same time bringing an overwhelming amount of pleasure? Here are a few that immediately came to mind.
The farmer’s markets in the area are about to begin, and I can’t wait. One of my favorite finds during the first few weeks are the bundles of peonies that can be picked up for quite a bargain. What amazes me each time fresh flowers are brought home is that change in the mood of the decor and the inhabitants. Something oh so simple, yet full of pleasure.
To wake up without an alarm clock and then to be quickly told not to get out of bed because breakfast will be served shortly – heaven!
Yesterday, I was talking with a colleague about the joy our pets bring into our lives. They really are daily reminders as to how easily life can be enjoyed if only we would stop fussing and fretting. Who else can we depend on without fail to come home to and be greeted with so much enthusiasm you would have thought the queen was coming to visit? And happiness, just take your pup on a walk, and they’ve found nirvana. Too many times we make it more difficult than it needs to be when it comes to searching for happiness. Most certainly something to think about.
Cuddling up with books, magazines or a worth-while news article, accompanied with a cozy blanket and something sweet to nibble on – my definition of a lazy and pleasurable day.
I came across a quote recently that stated “One can be alone, without being lonely” and while I find this to be absolutely true, it’s funny how so many people fight having time to themselves. They say they crave it, yet when given the opportunity, usually don’t know how to be comfortable with it. Feeling comfortable being with one’s self is an acquired skill, but the key to being comfortable with it, is being comfortable with who you are and finding peace in that. Bravo to you if you’ve found your peace.
An opportunity to meet with a friend, leisurely conversation, hot tea and treats as well – the Duchess of Bedford — one of Queen Victoria’s Ladies in Waiting – definitely came up with a grand idea to overcome the “sinking feeling” one often feels in the late afternoon.
Click here to read part two in this series for a list of even more simple pleasures you may wish to indulge in.
Oh, how I can’t wait to bask in one of these pleasures soon. So what are your simple pleasures? I can’t wait to hear!