joanne: in my own words

Let me sing a song for you,
Please sit and listen to the tune,
This ain't no song of greatness,
But only a voice of a girl,
Singing about her world.

So let me sing a song for you,
Please please please, do listen to the tune,
All I wish is for you to hear me,
As I sing about my days,
Now sing with me if you may.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Life's Little Pleasures

Every day, we go through life, focusing on the big things: work, house, car, marriage, relationship, children's education, bills, money, health etc. And what's more, we sometimes spend more than half of our time worrying about those things. 

Have we forgotten about the small things in life? Just because they are small or trivial doesn't mean they are insignificant and therefore, don't deserve our attention. Little did we realize that these small things in life are capable of putting a smile on our faces. Yes, the ordinary, simple and not unusual things which we shall call as life's little pleasures.

Yesterday, while waiting for my turn to see the doctor in the hospital, I came across an article on Reader's Digest Asia, discussing about life's little pleasures of readers, businesspeople and famous names around the world. Personally, I found the article to be enlightening for me. For a very long time (and yes, I do mean for a very long time indeed), I have failed to recognize the goodness and positivity that these simple yet fulfilling little things have brought me. Therefore, to ensure that I would always be reminded of these life's little pleasures if ever I would forget them in the future, I am going to pen them down here. However, I do know that the list of my life's little pleasures won't just stop here. I am sure there would definitely be more to come and of course, to write about. In this post, you might identify with some of my life's little pleasures and perhaps, nod at some others, but whatever it is, I hope this read will leave you feeling nostalgic and light-hearted and definitely, a renewed appreciation for life.

25 of my life's little pleasures in no particular order:
  1. The smell of rain - the warm, moist, sandy, musky scent that emits from the wet ground
  2. Fresh beddings - the comforting floral smell from the washing and the clean feeling I get when I sleep on them
  3. The soothing wind that blows on a hot day, evaporating my sweat
  4. The small little sweet words, notes and gifts I get from my most beloved
  5. The kind words my friends give me when I am feeling down
  6. The pretentious innocent look on my dogs' faces when they know they have done something wrong like secretly peeing along the entrance hallway. My anger at them just melts away.
  7. Weekend dinners with close friends to catch up on the latest in life
  8. Days when you have nothing to do but sleep all day
  9. The moment when a favorite song which I have not heard in ages is being played on the radio while I am driving
  10. McDonald's ice cream
  11. A very good not-to-miss deal on or
  12. The moment when I apply mascara onto my lashes without smudging
  13. A hot cup of coffee or chocolate with my most beloved and the chats we have when drinking a cuppa
  14. Waking up in the morning feeling like I have had the greatest sleep ever
  15. The refreshing cold feeling of water running over my feet - waves that roll over my feet as I walk deeper into the sea or the mountain water when I deep my feet into it
  16. The right angle, focus and lighting when I snap a picture
  17. Walking pass a photo of both myself and my beloved only to look at it even more closely and reminisce the moment when we were snapping that photo
  18. Mommy reading my mind and cooking my favorite dishes
  19. Reading an interesting article in a randomly picked-up magazine
  20. Accidentally coming across a beautiful dress or shoes or bags or accessory within my budget
  21. The opportunity to attend events and talking to strangers
  22. Freebies and free samples when I am shopping in a supermarket
  23. Thanking God that it is time to go home when the clock ticks 5.45pm which means the end of a work day for me, especially after a stressful one
  24. The fresh smell of my shampooed hair
  25. The hugs and kisses I get from my beloved every morning
And the list goes on.

I am thankful for these life's little pleasures which most of the time I must admit, go unnoticed by myself. It is true that the combination of these little nice things is what make our lives so wonderful. So don't forget to recognize and acknowledge when one really does happen. We don't have to go far to gain happiness. It is always happening around us, if only we give more attention. 

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