The hills are alive…with thoughts of thanks-living. I know, Rogers and Hammerstein would not be amused. But, hey, whether you live in the hills, on the plains, or along the coast every day provides an opportunity to be thankful for the bounty present in our lives.
Too often in our culture we look around and instead of seeing abundance, we see only what we don’t have. Marketers take full advantage of this human foible and would have us believe that one more purchase of this or that will not only make our day but fulfill some missing piece of our happiness puzzle. Once the rush of the purchase is past, the missing piece is still missing, and we have one more tchotchke in our possession.
A good practice for those moments when the urge to buy threatens to raid your bank account is to give thanks for a few of your favorite things. Remind yourself why they are special and what makes you feel good about them. Remember, too, that favorite things do not have to be “things” per se; they can be experiences or people, too.
Here’s my list of some favorite things:
- The feeling of climbing into bed between clean, high-thread-count cotton sheets. When you’ve had a long day and are really tired, there’s nothing like that crisp, deliciousness of fresh linens, especially when they’ve been line dried on a sunny day.
- A steaming mug of hot cocoa heated to perfection on the stove, made with dark cocoa and just enough sugar. Yum!
- My favorite pair of jeans. They’re five years old and not much to look at, but they sure feel good.
- A good book, a cup of tea, and a couple of leisurely afternoon hours with no interruption. I haven’t had this experience in awhile, so I need to make time for that soon.
- Fresh homemade bread with good olive oil and freshly ground Italian spices for dipping. Add a hunk of cheese and some apple slices, grapes, or other fresh fruit, and I’m a happy camper.
- The first cup of coffee in the morning — strong and black. Hello, world!
- Date night with my spouse, especially when it’s the $5 movie night. Tonight we went to see The Descendants. Don’t miss it; it’s worth more than $5. I’ll be reviewing it later in the week.
What about you? What are some of your favorite things? Notice that only one of the items on my list involved spending money on an outside pursuit, and that was the epitome of the cheap date. Life is good, and I am so thankful to have enjoyed another day.