I was driving home from school with Wesley one evening last week. As we talked about our day, I watched as the pink sunset gently faded into the darkness of the night. The silhouette of trees and barns against the sky was a beautiful picture to behold. It gave me a recurring thought – one that I’ve wanted to blog about for a while:
Just that the best things in life are almost always free. Not fancy. Simple.
I want to more frequently “stop and smell the roses” along the path of life. As a dear friend told me a while ago, “there is always something to smile about”; always something to delight in. Not that there aren’t times to hurry and accomplish things quickly. But even in the midst of the busiest lifestyle we can still take a moment to look around and enjoy the simple delights of everyday life.
When I think of the simple things in my life that bring me joy, I think of…..
Waking up to birds singing
A bright, cheery smile
A long walk outside, being surrounded by the beauty of God’s creation
Snuggling up on a cold winter night with my family to watch a movie
A cup of steaming java
That wonderful, sweaty, tired feeling I get after a workout
Buzzing around the house on a cleaning spree
A slice of bread, fresh from the oven
The tiny fingers and toes of a newborn baby
The delicious breeze that comes from an open window on a lovely day
Smelling the fragrance of a flower
A sweet, juicy orange
Coming home at the end of a long day
The peace of stillness and quiet
The gentle hum of our tea kettle
The cozy, woodsy smell of our log stove
Soft quilted pillows
A freshly baked chocolate-cherry scone
Gentle music in a quiet moment of the day
Observing a plant grow from week to week
Pretty kitchen towels and curtains
Sitting around the dinner table with my family.
Now what are some simple things you delight in? I’d love to hear them! :) Let’s take a moment from time to time to look for and enjoy them.