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Thoughts For Thursday: Appreciate The Small Things In Life, Part 2

October 7, 2010 · 28 comments

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Awhile ago, I wrote a post regarding some of the little things in life that I truly enjoy.  Since then, I have come across some more things that I love, and are entirely free.  So, here is Part 2 of my list of things I appreciate and enjoy:

  1. Learning something new.  I love to learn.  Sure, it can be a frustrating process, and somewhat a little intimidating when you don’t understand something at first.  But once you conquer whatever it is you started, it is a great feeling.  It doesn’t even have to be anything big and exciting, just a little something that might make your life a little easier.
  2. A crisp evening.  I haven’t been feeling well the past week, so sitting out in the chilly air just feels so nice and fresh.  Clears my sinuses and brightens my mood.
  3. A long drive.  I really enjoy driving.  I have had some fantastic times with my family while on the road, and I also like to drive alone.  When I am with my family in the car, the kids are a captive audience, and we talk about anything and everything.   It is also a great time for my husband and I to talk if the kids are watching a DVD or something.  When I am alone, I listen to whatever music I like and can just let my mind wander.
  4. An organized room or closet.  Sometimes I will look at a room that has gotten unorganized and I feel overwhelmed.  (Like my home office, right now.)  However, I just love to see a room when it is all cleaned out and put back together.  I will find myself walking by that room or closet on purpose just so I can admire it.  Maybe there is something to Feng Shui?
  5. Getting a card in the mail.  I just realized the other day that I did not get one birthday card in the mail this year.  (Don’t feel bad for me, I received plenty of cards in person.)  Anyway, I still look forward to going to the mailbox to see if there is anything ‘personal’ in it.  There never is, but I still hope everyday.
  6. Getting over a cold.  When you are sick, do you feel like you will never get better?  I do, and I hate that feeling.  So, I just love when I feel 100 percent again and can start exercising again, or toss the frisbee around the backyard.
  7. Seeing a puppy.  I love puppies.  They just make my day.  I would like to own a puppy, but we are gone a lot and my oldest son has allergies.  So, my puppy ownership will have to wait.  I just enjoy other people’s puppies for now.
  8. Comfortable clothes.  I have an old sweatshirt that I bought probably 15 years ago.  It has paint stains on it and I cannot wear it in public.  However, I wear it as often as I can around the house.  (I am sure my husband appreciates this.)  When I get sick, that is the first thing I put on.
  9. A problem-free dental cleaning.  I hate the dentist.  Probably because it is like I have 28 sponges in my mouth instead of teeth.  So, I love if I have a teeth cleaning and I am told that all is good and I don’t need to come back for 6 months.  Usually I need a filling replaced or something, but once in awhile I get a free pass.
  10. A good book.  I get obsessed when I am reading a book.  I usually whip through it so fast, and then I truly miss it when it is gone.  I have been reading ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ series, and I am so sad these characters will not be written about anymore (the author died).  It is almost like I know these people.  Sometimes I think Hogwarts is real.  Maybe I read too much and need some reality?

So, again I ask you, what are some of the things you enjoy?  What events happen once in awhile that just make you smile?

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Roshawn @ Watson Inc October 7, 2010 at 9:31 am

Good point. We do have to appreciative the the smaller things in addition to the satisfaction that comes with achieving major life goals. I am personally very grateful to listen and play (occasionally) music: quite therapeutic!

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Kris October 7, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Roshawn – music can be therapeutic! I miss the sound of my kids playing piano. (Everyone gave up on lessons and the piano went out the front door on Craigs List :()

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The Biz of Life October 7, 2010 at 9:48 am

Learning something new rates at the top of my list, followed closely by reading a good book.

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Lola October 7, 2010 at 10:28 am

Our library branch is about a 7 minute walk from our house – it’s great to take a brisk walk up there and back on a nice day. I love books, so it’s a great double dose of simple pleasures, all for free!

I don’t drink coffee, but I do love tea, which lots of people have figured out over the years, so anymore I get lots of special variety tea for Christmas and my birthday (which is in the winter). I love to sit down with a mug of tea on Sunday afternoon and work the NYT crossword puzzle!

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Kris October 7, 2010 at 8:58 pm

Lola – I think I will forever love the smell of a library. It takes me right back to our small library growing up. I think we went there every Tuesday night. How great that yours is within walking distance!

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Crystal @ BFS October 7, 2010 at 12:24 pm

I’m seconding that organized room or closet point! I will physically get tired if a part of our house overwhelms me and get perky again when it’s cleaned up and everything has a place. That is why I do not go into our office (or what I refer to as hubby’s “man cave of crap”).

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Kris October 7, 2010 at 8:57 pm

BFS – I need to organize so much more. Part of me thinks I should tackle it when the kids are in school, but part of me wants to make them help me too.

Just pretend the man cave of crap isn’t part of your house. Imagine instead that some boarder lives there (I said boarder, not hoarder) and it isn’t your responsibility!

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Squirrelers October 7, 2010 at 2:17 pm

Getting over a cold is great! I feel almost supercharged when I get my energy back, which is now, as I’m getting over a cold from earlier in the week. Good thing everyone can’t catch it online:)

I also absolutely delight in hearing my daughter say things like “Daddy, guess what?!” in such an earnest and excited tone. Moments like that are small but among the best in life, at least for me. Being a parent of a great kid just rocks.

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Kris October 7, 2010 at 8:54 pm

Squirreler – Maybe you did catch it from me online. I have been coughing continuously…

Oh, kids are definitely the best. The excitement they have for life in general is so wonderful. My kids are older so I don’t get that ‘wonder’ anymore, but there are other great things. Now I am thrilled when my 16 year old comes home safely from driving somewhere!

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Suba @ Wealth Informatics October 7, 2010 at 9:25 pm

Hogwarts is real, Kris! I won’t accept that is it not 🙂

I love to sit with a cup of tea and a good book weekend afternoons, esp. when it is raining outside. Life has been sooo busy (it always is, isn’t it) I appreciate every minute I spend with my husband, even if it is just sitting next to him when he is doing his homework…

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Kris October 8, 2010 at 3:11 pm

Hogwarts would be fun, wouldn’t it? I miss Harry Potter books already.

It is so comforting to drink something hot and just having a good sit!

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Sandy L October 8, 2010 at 4:50 am

I love that first moment after work when the kids run into the house looking for me so I can give them a big hug. I especially like the 2 year old who is truly overjoyed when he finds me. I also savor the times when my kids want to snuggle with me on the couch while watching TV. Those days are numbered, so I’m enjoying it while I can.

I also love 1 and 4. My little one is no longer interested in his crib, so I’m really looking forward to putting the boys together so I can get my guest room/office back. Right now, my office, spare bed and baby room are all jammed in together.

Hmm..other things
-The sound of crunching leaves in the fall
-The first glass of apple cider for the season
-A hot bath after a hard day of manual labor or exercise

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Kris October 8, 2010 at 3:11 pm

Sandy – Aren’t little kids great? I think 4 was my favorite age for my kids.

I too enjoy the 3 items you listed. I am excited for cider this weekend, but I can only stand it with a doughnut!

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Aloysa October 8, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Sometimes we get so busy with our lives that we forget to appreciate and even see small things. It might sound funny but I learn to appreciate small things from my pets. They appreciate things like a quick word, a smile, jus an acknowledgement of their presence. In fact I think animals can teach us great lessons. We just need to pay attention.

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Kris October 8, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Oh I love dogs. It is so true, they appreciate everything. Cats, well that is a different story!

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Invest It Wisely October 8, 2010 at 3:01 pm

I also enjoy the good books, though I find myself with little time to read these days! Learning something new is also great, and I can’t believe I’ve already passed through a month of learning Mandarin. The course is pretty good so far, though I’ve had a few days where I was just trying to stay awake after a day of work and not eating supper (I eat supper at 9pm those days).

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Kris October 8, 2010 at 3:09 pm

I was wondering how the Mandarin was coming along. Are you glad you did it?

I would die if I waited until 9 to eat dinner. You need to find some time to relax my friend!

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Invest It Wisely October 8, 2010 at 3:11 pm

Learning any language is incredibly time consuming, and a preschooler probably puts me to shame, but I don’t regret it one bit.

I am lucky that this week my friend is staying over and cooking for us. He has been studying to become a chef for over a year, so we are spoiled with the delights that we get to eat at home!

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Money Reasons October 8, 2010 at 8:31 pm

Great list!

I’ve told people about feeling better than before after getting a cold and recovering, but they just though I was peculiar!

It’s good to see that other people experience it too!

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Amanda L Grossman October 8, 2010 at 9:26 pm

Nice topic!

Here are a few of mine: the feel of my cats snuggling up against me, finishing a big investigation (I am an environmental investigator), organizing! I am an organizing nut, and I love it (anybody ever watch the show Hoarders?)

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Kris October 9, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Amanda – I love Hoarders, but it always makes me feel a little depressed. Also, I feel like a super-organizer in comparison! 🙂

I imagine finishing an investigation and wrapping it all up would feel like a huge accomplishment. Nothing like washing your hands of something, especially when there is a good outcome.

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eemusings October 9, 2010 at 2:31 am

I’ve always thought of myself as a pretty simple person. My biggest joys are the crunch of autumn leaves underfoot, the feel of hotel sheets, being tucked up in bed while a storm rages outside, cute new shoes, finishing a great book.

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Kris October 9, 2010 at 3:54 pm

I do love the crunch of leaves. Did you ever burn leaves with a magnifying glass as a kid? I love the smell of that too! I also loved collecting acorns. Fall is just a wonderful time of year.

Actually, I love all your items. Clean sheets are the best, I love storms, books, shoes. It’s all good!

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Andrew October 9, 2010 at 5:22 am

Coming home from work every day is one of small little things. Hugs and kisses from my wife, kids still jumping on Dad, even at their age, main dog crashing into furniture, backup dog barking and spinning like a top (master’s home, yeay!).

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Kris October 9, 2010 at 4:08 pm

Didn’t that same scenario happen to George Jetson? 🙂

Sounds like a very nice greeting!

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