Friday, November 5, 2010

51 Simple Pleasures

There have been a lot of great teachers in my life, and while I couldn't possibly start to name them all, there is one standout man who I credit as helping me to form who I am today as a person.  In the second term of my senior year of high school, I took his Prayer and Meditation class, and I couldn't possibly start to describe how much that class changed my perception on life.  In the months since then, I made it a personal goal of mine to take greater notice of the smaller things in my life that bring me happiness, and while this list certainly is not limited to 51 things, this number somehow made the most sense to me at the time.  This list grows and changes everyday, but I think the bottom line is that I focus on my own personal happiness.  Maybe this makes me a romantic, but I'd rather be epically romantic than a cynic.

  1. breaking in a new box of crayons
  2. starting a new journal (and re-reading the old ones)
  3. hand-written letters
  4. Keats, Yeats, and Eliot
  5. pressed flowers
  6. guitar callouses
  7. singing in the shower
  8. blowing a dandelion
  9. blogs
  10. thin mint girl scout cookies
  11. getting lost in a novel
  12. Caribbean Way
    smoothies from Smoothie King
  13. seeing the glass half full
  14. old photos
  15. slow dancing
  16. smiling at a stranger
  17. free samples at Alon’s
  18. hearing your favorite song on the radio
  19. family recipes
  20. window shopping
  21. receiving (and giving) a genuine compliment
  22. the smell of the inside of a book
  23. foreign crucifixes
  24. laughing till you cry
  25. getting a haircut
  26. waking up and finding out that the cat slept on your bed the whole night
  28. happy endings
  29. rain on a hot day
  30. popsicles
  31. rediscovering an old, favorite song
  32. Chick-fil-a
  33. Sharpie markers
  34. flossing
  35. hot showers
  36. Charlie Brown
  37. band-aids with pictures on them
  38. Buckhead Music
  39. waking up early
  40. sleeping in late
  41. road trips
  42. cameo rings
  43. the perfect cup of hot tea
  44. street musicians
  45. a bear hug
  46. Eskimo kisses
  47. hydrangeas
  48. Emmaus letters
  49. food cooked over an open fire
  50. saying thank you
  51. butterflies

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