Thursday, August 23, 2012

What makes me smile.

Recently I felt like I was taking my amazing life for granted... so to give myself a little lesson on gratuity I have been reading Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy. It is a great book that offers ideas to simplify with gratitude, harmony, serenity and happiness.

One of the things I have been doing faithfully is writing down 5 things every day that make me smile. So when I saw a writing prompt for Mama Kat's writer's workshop that said, "Aside from your kids, pets, your husband, your coffee and your wine…what makes you smile?" I knew that I could join in and contribute.

Here, in no particular order, are some days from my journal which note things that made me smile on that particular day:

• Gorgeous clouds

• Music
• Wind Coming through rolled down windows. 
• Unsolicited thank you from Ariana for her day
• Smell of sheets as I pulled them off the line where they had been for 2 days. 

• Perfect sunny weather
• Big, wonderful smile
• Yummy fresh breakfast fruit
• Ocean views
• Kisses
• Friends hanging out and helping out

• Unsolicited climbing into my lap to cuddle by Acadia on a sunny morning
• Friends who help in time of need
• Cold pizza when I am starving
• My brick schoolhouse

• The beauty of a butterfly fluttering by
• Birds chirping
• The breeze on my skin
• A job that allows me amazing freedom
• Beautiful day to trim grass and weed gardens.

• Waking up to sunlight coming through skylight on my face. 
• Chocolate chip cookies
• Coworkers that make me laugh and love going to work
• Being told I am beautiful

• Listening to Ariana play piano. 
• Older gentleman at gas pump next to me whistling away. 
• Drive through the gorgeous mountains of NH
• Sitting on the deck enjoying the cool night
• Fire pit in the back yard for cool summer nights

• Squeals Of delight as I take Acadia down the water slide
• Hanging out with friend having girl talk as our kids enjoy water park
• Breeze through the windows as I lay on the couch
• Acadia saying as we climbed the water slide, "Jeez, these are a lot of stairs, they should have an elevator."
• Hearing Grateful Dead and Phish while getting a beer with a friend. 

These are just a few days in my life... how could I not smile? I highly recommend Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy. I think everybody needs a bit of perspective once in awhile and we all could take a moment to smile.

Oh, and go visit Kat to see what is making other people smile:

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  1. Great post - sounds like an amazing book!!

  2. I need to stop and take more time for rose smelling as well. I have started carrying a journal in my purse. I think I will start jotting down things that make me smile!

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