In a world where we rarely stop, breathe in, exhale and take a look around us, the little things in life can pass us by so quickly we don’t even notice. I find this is never more true than when i’m glued to my phone or my laptop; hours can pass and when I finally notice, i’m disappointed that I haven’t made the most of the time I’ve had that day.
As a way of countering this, I’ve started making mental notes of little things that I genuinely do enjoy so that when i’m busy, or rushing, or hooked on the internet, i’m usually able to bring myself back to the present and take notice for a moment or two.
I used to hate winter weather; the cold, the rain, the snow, the bleak skies, but over the past few years (perhaps due to the fact the UK’s summers have gotten hotter and lasted longer), I’ve begun to really appreciate the rougher elements.
Aside from the uncomfortable guilt I feel, knowing people and animals are out in the cold, I feel grateful and warm and cosy when i’m in my bed and the rain is tapping on my window.
Warm, Sunny Mornings
As much as I love a rainy day in bed, I love sitting on the patio with a cup of tea on Summer’s morning just as much.
My parents have a lovely garden full of flowers and trees, there are always birds singing (and usually a lawn mower going somewhere), it feels very tranquil to take some time out in the sun, before it gets too hot.
I’m fairly sure I love my dog more than I love anyone or anything on this planet. It’s definitely a tough call with the parents anyway.
Some times when I’m at work, I miss him so much and vow to spend more time with him, then I find myself sitting in my room, staring at a screen and not taking time out for him. He tends to sit in the living room with my parents, so he’s not neglected, I would just prefer it if his favourite place to sleep was in my room – my mum says I bother him too much and i’m always in his face though so….
Tea and Cake
I’ve never truly appreciated how well tea and cake go together until recently, and this is coming from an avid Afternoon Tea fan.
There’s something quite splendid about a warm cup of Rosy and a slice of Victoria Sponge, or my personal favourite…COSTCO CAKE.
Walking with someone you love
My mum and I love visiting new places to walk my dog, we recently became National Trust members and i’m making it my mission to get her to travel more than 40 minutes away.
It’s not just new places that are great though. I live in a little village (maybe it’s a town?) with some really nice walking spots, including fields and parks and I’ve stopped listening to music on these walks in an attempt to be a little more present.
A really good laugh
I’m talking genuine, unstoppable belly laughs that make your cheeks ache and your breath short.
I don’t think I need to explain the beauty in laughing til you cry with your best friend or loved ones, but I do think it’s worth recommending savouring those moments. Can you remember the last time you laughed so hard sound didn’t come out? Can you remember what it was about?
Everything in this post is free; you don’t have to have a National Trust membership to go for a walk and you don’t need to buy a Costco cake to enjoy a cup of tea (although I’d still recommend it), you just need to learn to appreciate some of the things in your life that might require a bit more notice, or a bit more thought.
Does anyone else like any of the above? What are your simple pleasures?
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