Life’s Little Pleasures

My husband held out the phone to me saying, “It’s a hospital nurse calling.” We had been waiting for the results of my COVID-19 test. I felt my heart rate increase as I held the phone and listened. Several days earlier we had been told by another nurse that if one person in the home has coronavirus, they assume everyone will get it, so no one else in the house will be tested. My husband’s lungs are not as strong as mine, so I had been concerned. Hearing the nurse say that there was no evidence of coronavirus in my test produced a huge sigh of relief. She laughed when I said, “I have never been so glad to have a good old, plain, ordinary flu!”

A few days were still needed for my full recovery, but I was already starting to feel better. During my time of illness I experienced a heightened awareness of life’s little pleasures. Some came from Curt who made sure I always had a glass of something to drink close by, filled our home with delicious smells from the kitchen, and gave me numerous encouraging messages. When kitchen supplies ran low there was the pleasure of hearing the doorbell ring, announcing the arrival of fresh groceries. Text messages (they don’t have to be long to be meaningful) from loved ones lifted my spirits, along with loving advice from our granddaughter (a nurse who is working in a COVID-19 wing of a hospital).

Why wait to be sick to appreciate small enjoyments? Now that I’m back on my feet, I still want to be more aware of life’s little pleasures. They fill all of our days, if we’re willing to look. Edward M. Hays writes, “When we lack proper time for the simple pleasures of life, for the enjoyment of eating, drinking, playing, creating, visiting friends, and watching children at play, then we have missed the purpose of life. Not on bread alone do we live but on all these human and heart-hungry luxuries.”

We are the curators of our own contentment, so relishing these simple moments is a daily present to our self. Many of these small pleasures don’t cost anything, or are inexpensive, so they’re available to all of us. And the happiness they bring deepens our awareness of how many of these gifts each day offers. Right now, when life is slowed down, is a perfect time to identify and share these delightful experiences with each other. Here are a few of mine.

  1. The smell of soup simmering on the stove
  2. Hearing the front door close and knowing Curt is home
  3. Settling into the recliner with my current book
  4. Taking that first bite of a totally decadent dessert
  5. Taking that first bite of a totally decadent dessert
  6. Walking a nature trail
  7. A long hot bath with lots of bubbles
  8. Fresh sheets on my bed
  9. Blowing bubbles with young children     
  10. TV movie night with popcorn
  11. Laughing at embarrassing moments
  12. Eating by candlelight
  13. Wrapping up in my favorite soft blanket
  14. A cat settling into my lap and purring
  15. An unexpected compliment
  16. Holding hands with someone I love
  17. Listening to music
  18. Watching a colorful sunset
  19. Visiting the library (whenever it reopens)
  20. Visiting friends (Zoom, phone, FaceTime)

There are many more I could mention. These events add depth and delight to the day, no matter what is happening in life. During this time of hunkering down at home during a world health crisis, we can take this opportunity to notice, and share, the simple things that add pleasure to our days. What small things bring you happiness? Does anyone like to pop bubble wrap besides me? How about sharing something from your pleasure list in the comment section? As Paulo Coelho says, “It’s the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary.”

Until Next Time – Sylvia

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