It’s the simple things

It’s the simple moments in life that transform an ordinary day into something extraordinary – like unexpected beams of sunlight. Or the generosity of others.

The delightful Soul Aperture came up with the ingenious idea of getting people to write about the simple things in life. She donated one dollar for every comment or post that people linked to her challenge and ended up giving 180 dollars to a charity in Haiti.

I missed out on this last weekend, but Enchanted Oak has taken up the challenge once again and promised to donate two dollars for each participating blog to Heartline, a charity in Haiti. So, if you feel like writing for a great cause, then meet the challenge head-on here.

The simple things in life – a celebration:

The goodness of…

a kind friend, an affectionate dog, the taste of rain on the tongue

the cooling of clear river water on hot summer feet

Conversation, love, a needed hug

Compassion and kindness and

The unexpected generosity of a warm spring day,

The smile of a stranger,

A kind deed that goes by unnoticed but brightens the day of someone who needs it.

The sheer delight of…

Snowflakes on eyelashes,

Sun shimmering on snow,

Handfuls of dazzling sunshine and the laughter of children.

The perfect cinnamon swirl of  my daughter’s ear,

The pearly rainbow of a shell,

And the radiant toothy smile of my son.

Big brown puppy eyes, glorious sunsets

Family, friends, a warm home.

Small children’s hands in mine,

The whisper of I love you.

35 responses

  1. Amy

    Hi Fi!! I’ve hooked up to the Simple Pleasures Challenge- thanks for letting me know about it! And reading your post I wanted to start singing..Raindrops on kittens and bright wooly mittens…(from The Sound of Music…) hahaha..Loved everything you wrote and they are ALL truly simple pleasures..if only the world could enjoy them more!

    Like

    February 6, 2010 at 19:25

    • THANK you so much for hooking up.. it’s all for a good cause.. And I do love the Sound of Music!

      Like

      February 6, 2010 at 19:27

  2. Oh, Lady Fi, what a wonderful visit I had here on your blog! Thank you for being part of this celebration of the simple but priceless we enjoy on this earth. You do have a song-like rhythm on your list. Ha! Life is good. We are blessed.

    Like

    February 6, 2010 at 19:35

  3. you write so beautifully, wow 🙂

    Like

    February 6, 2010 at 19:47

  4. Oh, how I love that picture of your beautiful daughter’s ear! She has such lovely hair, too!

    You’re right, there are many things to delight in!

    Like

    February 6, 2010 at 20:43

  5. Great list in your post. So much love shining through here. Maybe by so many people joining this Simple Things effort, we will inadvertently spread some love around. Have a great weekend.

    Like

    February 6, 2010 at 21:02

  6. I’m stopping now to appreciate the warm beam of sunlight that just cut through the rain clouds and is spreading its light across my desk as I type this. Also marveling at how the raindrops on the trees are sparkling twinkling stars. Thanks for reminding me to pause and appreciate the everyday miracles around me.

    Like

    February 6, 2010 at 22:43

  7. I’d like the entire first list, thanks. Much needed.

    Your dog’s head looks a bit like a heart in the pic! ❤

    Like

    February 6, 2010 at 23:15

  8. A peaceful space surrounded by nature, and a child’s happy laughter will suit me fine Lady Fi!
    June in Oz

    Like

    February 6, 2010 at 23:38

  9. Such a great list of awesome things!

    Like

    February 7, 2010 at 00:11

  10. beautiful…love your list. thanks for joining in as well. snow flakes on eye lashes…nice.

    Like

    February 7, 2010 at 00:50

  11. OH … I’m so glad someone else picked up this idea and ran with it. I love your list!!!

    Like

    February 7, 2010 at 01:53

  12. Wow Fi, absolutely beautiful list!
    I love the way you celebrate your life and blessings.
    hugs
    shakira

    Like

    February 7, 2010 at 02:16

  13. Yes, we all want to sing a-la- Julie Andrews. Thanks for the visit.

    Like

    February 7, 2010 at 02:29

  14. Your appreciation of Life’s bounty is wonderful, Fi! It makes me smile, too.

    Like

    February 7, 2010 at 02:54

  15. A heartlifting list. It radiates with the joy in your life.

    Like

    February 7, 2010 at 03:49

  16. Wonderful list Lady Fi..beautiful thoughts:)

    Like

    February 7, 2010 at 03:53

  17. Lovely Lady!

    Like

    February 7, 2010 at 08:48

  18. That’s true, simple things sometimes are far better than an expensive gift !

    Like

    February 7, 2010 at 09:48

  19. Family, friends, a warm home – yes, it would be hard to beat that – in fact all of your things are my things too

    Like

    February 7, 2010 at 11:07

  20. a dogs eyes are my soul light every time !!sandy

    Like

    February 7, 2010 at 14:33

  21. kelli

    precious words. Thank you for sharing this with us.

    Like

    February 7, 2010 at 16:36

  22. Marvelous list, Ladyfi! I posted mine today, too! Good feeling to know you could do something!

    Sylvia

    Like

    February 7, 2010 at 20:46

  23. Such a perfect list, and so beautiful.

    I am going off to make my own for myself.

    Jen

    Like

    February 8, 2010 at 01:21

  24. Just wanted to drop by and thank you for the commenting. This is a great cause and your post is just lovely! It’s really the small things in life that have the most meaning, isn’t it?

    Like

    February 8, 2010 at 02:18

  25. Great list for a very good cause.

    Like

    February 8, 2010 at 04:58

  26. “the cooling of clear river water on hot summer feet”

    I could feel that as I read it, and it felt goooooood!

    Like

    February 8, 2010 at 05:31

  27. What a beautiful act of kindness. Sometimes we forget to focus on those beautiful simple things in life that we need to cherish.

    Like

    February 8, 2010 at 05:49

  28. Yes, I wanted to sing Raindrops on roses… too! I’m one of those very sad people who know almost all the words to almost all the songs…

    Like

    February 8, 2010 at 11:38

  29. It is

    Like

    February 8, 2010 at 14:10

  30. The Girl From Cherry Blossom Street

    A child who knows how to say thank you and I’m sorry and I love you melts my heart.

    Adults who do not know how to say thank you and I’m sorry breaks my heart.

    I can add so many to your already wonderful list 🙂

    Thank you for dropping by Eddie’s blog and mine.

    Like

    February 8, 2010 at 17:16

  31. What a great idea and thanks for sharing your beautiful words.

    Like

    February 8, 2010 at 19:31

  32. I read this earlier and carried your tender infectious gratitude with me.
    Thank you.
    I normally post with a Gratitude Community on Mondays, and so it felt good to do that, and I ‘m going to check out this link you’ve posted.

    Like

    February 8, 2010 at 23:31

  33. And . . .
    the sounds of children belly-laughing
    the smells of new babies
    the taste of red licorice at the movies
    the sight of mass spring redbuds and cherry blossoms
    the smell of summer rain in the desert
    the feel of flannel on my thighs
    the warmth of fire as you sit down on the hearth
    . . . and on and on . . .

    Like

    February 9, 2010 at 01:14

  34. that sweet earring in that ear. oh sigh… deep sigh for beauty.
    xo

    Like

    February 9, 2010 at 05:00

Many thanks for your comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s