Sometimes it's important to take a step back from all the hustle and bustle of everyday life and just take a moment to appreciate the little things in life. Take a minute to appreciate the soft whirring noise of a hummingbird at your kitchen window while you watch the dishes.
Flip through your photo library and reflect on the moments that occurred when you took the pictures, instead of the end result on your screen. I love taking quiet moments in the back of dusty libraries. I wander behind overfilled bookshelves and as I run my fingers on the backs of the time aged spines I think about the authors and the readers whose hands these novels passed through.
Stories are a wonderful thing. As often as I can, I like to reflect upon the story of my own life and how my journey has progressed so far. This is a list of 'six spoonfuls' I put together. They are spoonfuls of joy, happiness, and the silver linings in life. Like carefully measuring out six even spoonfuls of bright white sugar for your scrumptious baking recipe, I like to think that life is also about assessing, measuring, and portioning out the good things in life so that you can enjoy them all the more.
Without further ado, I would like to talk about six spoonfuls of things that I am grateful for and enjoy in my personal everyday life.
Books, Reading, and Stories
Books are what I think to be one of the grandest inventions of all time. No longer do we need to tell them solely through the means of word of mouth. Hard copies of books make it possible for us to read at our leisure and pass down stories from generation to generation. I can't tell you how many times I have enjoyed curling up for the weekend with a good book after a long difficult week.
When I was younger I really yearned to travel all the time. Going to a few countries really opened my eyes to the rest of the world. I will always be thankful for the places I've had to opportunity to visit during my life. The speed and stress of traveling is fun while it lasts and always make me more thankful of the comforts of my home and local community. Knowing that there are so many places out in the world that I have not yet been or visited always makes me hopeful and excited towards the future.
Recipes and Cooking
As much as I love eating out, there is no comparison for a home cooked meal. Enjoying homemade recipes made by my family and friends is a real joy that I am thankful for everyday. Eating the food is one thing, but the nuance and activity of the actual food preparation is something I really enjoy doing. Putting together a dish whether it is from my memory or from a fun new recipe I found online helps me appreciate my food all the more.
Beauty is everywhere. In everything from the pebbles that fill a stream to the lone centipede crossing a dirt path. The city is a reminder of commerce and busy energy, but I always like to take a moment to retreat to the open pastures and blue skies. I will always be grateful for the ease and tranquility of a temperate forest or cold snowy mountain.
Art and Movies
Artists are a key part of any culture and the work they produce truly brings magic into our everyday lives. From fine art paintings to blockbuster movies, I'm glad to live in a world in which art exists. Fashion, design, graphics and literature are all forms of art that I absorb on a day to day basis and I hope to do so for many years to come.
Family and Friends
This may be the sixth spoonful on the list and even though this list is in no particular order it really could have been the first. My family and friends are a key part of my existence, without them I'm not sure how my life would have been different. I also believe that it's important to think beyond our friends and family to the others in our world. We are all traveling through life together, and we should do well to help each other out along the way.
I hope you enjoyed reading my six spoonfuls. They are six things in my life that I am thankful and grateful for and wouldn't give up for the world.