It has been a funny day. A day wherein I have hugged a hot water bottle all day long, filling it many times over. A day where my thoughts have headed in the direction of the US election, often. I did a list of good things on Instagram a little earlier this evening, and I will do another here. The practice of looking for and appreciating the little joys in life is a very important one. I hope this list will make you smile and think about your own little joys.
- Music. Since the first lockdown in March, I have been listening to a lot of music again, almost daily. At the moment I am listening to a playlist I made on Spotify last week, full of songs from the ’60s and ’70s. One song that I have fallen completely in love with is How Deep is Your Love by the Bee Gees, after coming across a truly gorgeous cover by Infinity Song on Instagram. It is one of those songs that I will be obsessed with for a while. It is not new to me, but it hit in a different way last week, and it has ever since.
- Flowers. I spent some time salvaging some flowers from a fading bunch earlier. They were from a beautiful bunch my Mum gave to me, around two weeks ago. I now have a little glass vase holding some stems that are still blooming. I must remember to pick up more flowers, they are lovely joy givers to have in the home.
- Tea. Of course I was going to say tea. I remembered I had some loose tea from Bird & Blend Tea Co. the other day, and I have been enjoying brewing cups in my little tea pot these past couple of days.
- People checking in. It feels like, collectively, we have gotten better at doing this, this year. How lovely it is, to get random messages here and there; I endeavour to keep passing it on.
- Books. I have slowly been getting reacquainted with books, after going through a lull since last year. One book I have almost finished devouring is one that was recommended by my therapist, and it has led to many lightbulb moments. Another book was an unexpected, touching gift from the boy’s Mum, last week. Books are one of my favourite things, and I hope they always will be. They offer worlds to escape into, stories to get lost in, words to help you understand yourself, and a balm in stormy times.
- Cat videos and photos on Instagram. They make me smile, and they always will. Cat lover, forever and ever.
- Noticing the details of autumn. There are fallen leaves everywhere at the moment, they have even blown into the entrance hall of our apartment building! It is lovely to go out for walks, whatever the weather, and pay attention to nature. I will be appreciating the outdoors all the more when we enter our second lockdown on Thursday.
- The boy and his guitar. For the past few months, he has picked up his guitar again, so much so that I insisted we put it up on the wall in the living room. It is lovely, and I love seeing the joy he gets from it. Although, it must be said, small living – we have a one-bed flat – can be hard at times; as much as I adore his love for the guitar, I do not always want to listen. At least I can take my cochlear implant off during those times!
- Lighting candles. This is happening every day. I am running out, though; I actually just had to check to see if you can order candles online from IKEA. You can. Do let me know if you have any recommendations for candles, tealights especially, but any others welcome too.
- Blogging. We are only three days in, but I am so appreciating being part of this community again. To reconnect with writing, reading, and commenting. It is filling my cup up.
Please do share some of your little joys or good things, if you want to.