I think it is about time to gather and discuss good things in life. There has been far too much grief and sorrow going around that it needs to have a quarantine. It is easier to focus on the bad and with that we are quickly blind-sighted from the good things that happen. We mostly remember dramatic instances of our life rather than the calm ones. I would like to focus more on the tranquil moments and calculate how abundant life is with them. You should try it as well. I am sure that it will lift off heavy burdens and make you smile. It sort of reminds me and, to be honest, is exactly like the scene with Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music singing “My Favorite Things”. Other terms could be move, inspire, entice, squee…your choice.

Warm jasmine tea served in a favorite mug, breathing deep and feeling the lungs resonate with life, cats dreaming while their whiskers flicker from time to time, watching snow fall from a window curled up safe and warm, studying bird behavior at the feeder, a good pair of cozy, hand knit socks, a book that lingers because it is too good to finish, nonsense words put together whose syllables roll of the tongue pleasantly, burying feet in sand, the weight of good paper as you turn pages, the aesthetics of holding chopsticks, practicing calligraphy with various vials of ink, scrolls tied up with ribbons, the mesmerizing quality of fire, listening to chipmunks playing in fall leaves, primal screams in wide open places and in long corridors that echo, a good trance beat to let the body go.

I am always curious about what things make people smile. I think you can begin to intimately know an individual with this question. What moves you?

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