9 and these are a few of my favourite things

Look closely enough and you will spot brown paper packages wrapped up with string, blue satin sashes – as well as bees and their stings, and dogs and their bites.  The Sound of Music is one of my favourite things.

I love to watch this film and, with my wife Christine, have been on the tour around Salzburg.  Would it get into my 100 Things I Love?  I’m not sure.  I really enjoy many, many things: just to sit on a mountain on a sunny day, the scent of the mountain breeze, the silence without any industrial sound and the birds I can hear …

You can see how one thing leads to another when I begin to think of the things I love.  It will be the same for you.

I also love sentences that fall into place when I’m imagining something, the books and ideas and people who lie behind the sentences, the fountain pen and journal which begin to capture these, the food I’m eating as I write, the smell of fresh bread ready to come out of the breadmaker any moment, the batteredness of this piece of machinery that has produces so many loaves over more years than I can remember, and I love the first slice of bread before it’s had chance to cool, with butter.

I am noticing all these things and, I am grateful.  Life is full of many wonderful things.

SOMETHING TO DO: Making a list of 100 Things I Love is somewhere to begin when it comes to seeing more.  One thing leads to many others and, before we know it, we appreciate how our lives are full of very special things.  We also understand how we need to make a little time to do this.  Why not go to one of your favourite places with a favourite journal and pen, and start there.

Wreck this Journal by Keri Smith


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