As the Summer rolls in and we see more and more of our friends and family jetting off, or planning their holidays it can be easy to get caught up in the ‘wish’.
I wish I could go there…..
I wish I could go now…..
I wish i could go too…..
Even if we have our own holiday plans it can be difficult not to yearn to leave it all behind for a few weeks. I know I frequently get caught up in the wish game. So I’d like to offer an alternative perspective.
We don’t NEED holidays to make our lives beautiful and joyous. We don’t NEED to fill our lives with more experiences in order to find happiness and contentment in the here and now. There are wonderful qualities right in front of us – all we need to do is open our eyes and hearts.
I must admit, I regularly forget this. When I remember and my head and heart are in perfect alignment, my soul is filled with joy and I start counting the perfect thing in my life. I would like to share with you 27 small pleasures that make me content with the here and now.
27 Small Pleasures
A warm Summer evening
A hug (or a cwtch as it’s known in Wales)
A mug of steaming tea
The smell of toast
Avocados (yes it may be cliché for a blogger but I adore them)
Eating out (especially if I get to sit outside)
The smell of doughnuts (even though I don’t like the taste)
A catchy song that makes me want to dance
Creating a post when I have no idea what I’m going to write (this is one of them)
Perfect moments not captured
Learning something new
The love of my family
The smell of coffee (even thought I don’t drink a lot of it)
Knowing that my children are (on the whole) happy and healthy
A small child’s hysterical giggle
Sitting quietly and contemplating my life
Talking with my family
Knowing I have the most amazing friends
Being able to work whenever from wherever I choose
The sound of the sea
Driving with the roof down
Last, but by no means least, feeling the love for a man so fiercely it takes my very breath away
Of course, I’m still going to look forward to my holidays and feel a tug of ‘wish it was me’ when I see someone jetting off for theirs, but I’ll try and keep these 27 small pleasures in mind.
What small pleasures make you happy?