It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Chapter 7, Page 21, Book 16


Simplifying isn't meant to leave your life empty, it’s meant to leave space in your life for what you really want to do. Know what those things are before you start.

Leo Babaura 

July 21st - simple summer days


The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest. 

Thomas Moore

There is so much that brings joy into my life.  There are far more joyful things than momentary worries, so why spend precious moments at the day cluttering our minds with the things in life that don’t bring lasting meaning and hope?  Why not concentrate on the joyful things instead,  the simple things in life that are our daily gifts to enjoy.

So I took some time to list of the some of the simple joyful things I’m enjoying this summer

Feeling the morning dew on my bare feet as I walk across the grass
Colorful flowers
Blue skies
Gentle falling raindrops
A steaming cup of freshly brewed coffee early in the morning
The sound of the birds singing
Eating freshly popped popcorn
Sipping on iced peach tea on a sunny afternoon
Standing on the porch and listening to the sounds of nature
Lingering over freshly squeezed lemonade on a hot summer day
Looking at pictures of my family in my photo album, such fond memories!
The smell of fresh herbs such as basil, dill, and mint growing right outside my back door
The heavenly taste of a fresh ripe tomato
Watching an early morning sunrise
Taking in the calm beauty of the setting sun

My list is never ending, but I hope you’re getting the picture.  The simple things in life are those things that surround us daily, but we so often don’t take the time to appreciate and fully enjoy because we allow our minds to be far too cluttered with the daily noise of ‘stuff'.

We don’t need to increase our goods nearly as much as we need to scale down our wants. Not wanting something is as good as possessing it. 

Donald Horban

May your home always be too small to hold all your friends. 
And may the blessings of each day be the blessings you need most.   


4 comments:

betty said...

That was a nice list you shared, Ma, we would all have something similar if we wrote one. Simple pleasures are so nice because usually they don't cost anything.

Betty

jack69 said...

You do always come up with some interesting, and colorful lists. I always enjoy them. SWEET

Rick Watson said...

I'm all ove tha list missy. Sometimes extra stuff just adds noise to your life.

TARYTERRE said...

You found my hiding place. "The sound of the birds singing Eating freshly popped popcorn
Sipping on iced peach tea on a sunny afternoon.Standing on the porch and listening to the sounds of nature. Lingering over freshly squeezed lemonade on a hot summer day."