Saturday, February 06, 2010

Simple Things Challenge

Chris over at Enchanted Oak is hosting a Simple Things Challenge where she asks that you post a piece about the joy of the simple things in life. Her family will donate $2 to Heartline Ministries in Haiti for every post about the joy of the simple things in life. If you don't have a blog just leave a comment over at her blog and that counts, too.

A few of the simple things in life that bring me joy:

Every time I lay on the couch and watch TV I tell dearest one I feel like I am living a luxurious life. I feel totally spoiled when I do that simple thing. It's a bonus if I keep my eyes open. With the Olympics coming up I'm hoping to indulge in laying on the couch a lot.

Biting into a fresh peach. For all the times in my life where buying fresh fruit was not an option, I feel incredibly grateful when I get to eat a peach.

A drink of cool water out of a stainless steel measuring cup. Whatever that 'bite' is to the taste of that brings me back to my childhood. We had a spring on our land and we would crouch down and pick up that "spring cup" and drink.

The feel of the sunshine on my cheek. Sometimes I just stand there and soak it in, pretending I'm being kissed by God.

When dearest one looks at me with that sparkle in his eyes. He has the most beautiful smile that makes rainbow shaped wrinkles appear above his eyes and sun burst ones around the sides. I know he will grow old with those wrinkles setting in so that they are permanent. Whenever I see an elderly person with wrinkles like that I know they spent more time laughing than frowning.

12 comments:

Enchanted Oak said...

Dearest Hope, your list was very unique and wonderful to read. Spring water from a steel cup! Sunbursts on your husband's face! Biting a fresh peach! All so wonderful.
You have to know this whole thing began with you, I think. After the earthquake in Haiti, you posted a link to the Livesays blog there. I started following and became enthralled with their front-line battle against time and suffering. I came to deeply cherish their work and their network. So thank you for being that ripple in the pond that touched my life.
Love, Chris

Just Be Real said...

Hope, I am glad you are involved in this worthy cause as well. Blessings and great list.

Black Pete said...

Hmm. I just posted on trauma and healing, but I like this topic. Maybe tomorrow.

daisymarie said...

playing catch up.

Madison said...

That's a great list. And all of it is free. Except the peach.

Brian Miller said...

what a great list...fresh peaches and sunshine on your cheek....two very wonderful things. dropped over from chris' to check it out!

Lisa said...

Loved this... thanks for sharing. I've posted a list of my own :)

RNSANE said...

Hi, I was just checking out some of Chris Alba's other responses...yours warm my heart!!

Gabriella Moonlight said...

Brilliant list! The peach..oh how lovely...

I will go and check out Enchanted Oak's page...

xo gabi

ShAKirA CHOONG said...

Hi Hope,
I really like your list and especially your elaborations.
"Every time I lay on the couch and watch TV" I feel the same too. lol
hugs
shakira

Dianne said...

Great list. I wear a necklace with the words Gratitude on one side and Abundance on the other.

Your blog brings me both.

Dianne

Robin said...

Lovely, again. I am going to devote the rest of today to paying attention to lovely things: you inspire me. Thank you.