Recently, as I readied myself for a program in another state–and yet one more trek through airports and all that means nowadays–I found myself concentrating on the downside of my travels. The hotels, the airport lines, airport food, flight delays, time away from home. It is easy to be caught up in the “problems” and “challenges” we face. Reality for me is that I really don’t have many trials and tribulations. Yes, there are issues with which to deal; but when I look at the news each day…well, I don’t have a lot to complain about. Sure there are irritations and, at times, major setbacks. But I have a lot to be grateful for in life..
And there are so many people, places, and experiences that add up to a great life for all of us; some that we may take for granted. For some of you, it may be your children, your spouse or partner, your community work, or your health.
So, today, let’s turn our thoughts not to the travails but, rather, to the little pleasures of life–those experiences that are too often overlooked. Here is a very short list of little pleasures, that, when considered as a whole, add up to a large experience.
- A sunrise walk on the beach.
- Any time on the beach.
- A morning jog.
- A dinner with friends.
- An evening listening to friends perform their music.
- The beginning of a new writing project.
- Completing a writing project.
- A day working in the yard with my wife.
- Any time with my wife.
- A walk with my dog.
- The eyes of students when they have an “aha” moment.
- The early-morning quiet.
- The sound of music.
- A massage.
- A Yankees’ win.
- Blues music.
- Playing my guitar.
- Creating a new program.
- This weekly blog.
- Little kids dancing to music.
- A bicycle ride.
- A Dunkin’ Donuts’ iced coffee.
- Seeing my wife in the morning.
- Seeing my wife at night.
And the list can and does go on and on. Many little things that add up to a great ride. In the long run, these little pleasures make for great treasures.
What are your little pleasures?