Life’s simple pleasures

Happy Sunday to all! Right now, I’m looking out my window and admiring the beauty that’s lit by another sunny (but cool) morning. It’s just another example of life’s small pleasures that we may often take for granted.

Despite recent world events, there’s still plenty of good out there. Yes, there are those larger ticket items; family and friends, health, fun vacations, good food, and personal freedoms. But what about the little things? Here’s a list of the small things, in no particular order, that I’m personally grateful for. Things which may seem insignificant on their own but add up to a big morale boost. They’re everywhere, if you pay attention.

  1. The swish of the wind as it passes through the needles of an evergreen tree(s)
  2. The courteous driver who stops to let you turn.
  3. The smell of clean laundry- even better if you can dry it on a clothesline outside.
  4. The call of the Loon from the lake at sunset.
  5. The crackle and warmth of a campfire.
  6. Fixing that obnoxious squeaking door.
  7. The feel of a cool breeze kissing away the sweat after a hard day’s work.
  8. A smile.
  9. A belly-laugh.
  10. The first sip of fresh coffee.
  11. Good and full days that make you forget time exists.
  12. The scar(s) that are fodder for excellent stories.
  13. Sunrises/sunsets.
  14. The funny antics and quirks of pets.
  15. Rainbows.
  16. Rainstorms when you’re safely tucked in bed.
  17. Conquering procrastination and just “gettin’ it done.”
  18. Arriving safely at a destination.
  19. Impromptu adventures that provide a lifetime of great memories.
  20. The completion of every chapter that draws a WIP (work in progress) towards, “The End.”

Do any of these connect with you? Please feel free to add more in the comments.


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Born and raised on a farm near Brockville, Ontario, Mark Bierman's childhood consisted of chores, riding horses, snowmobile races across open fields, fishing trips to a local lake, and many other outdoor adventures. He was also an avid reader of both fiction and non. Transitioning towards adulthood also meant moving from the farm and into large urban areas that introduced this country boy to life in the big cities. After a short stint as a private investigator, he moved into the role of Correctional Officer, working at both Millhaven Institution and Kingston Penitentiary, until it closed.

56 thoughts on “Life’s simple pleasures”

  1. Oh, YES, these connect with me big time. And in fact, I just finished writing and scheduling my blog post for tomorrow, and you’ll smile when you see what I write about, and what my question is at the end.

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  2. I love this list, Mark. I would add the sound of the ocean lapping against the shore, my son telling me he loves me, and dun-DUN sound when Netflix starts (because it means my son and I are about to watch a show together). Lol! 🙂

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  3. I love this list and yes life is full of beautiful things!
    I’d add the smell of Roses, the first Lily of the Valley, a good movie, the evening breeze.
    Have a wonderful week!

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  4. Lots of things to feel grateful for. If there’s one thing Covid has taught us, it’s not to take things for granted. I’m flying across the country tomorrow, and I’m going to visit each of my three older brothers in the next two weeks. I think that qualifies as more than a simple pleasure.

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  5. Extraordinary photo, Mark. These days, the simple miracles of life feed my soul — weed blossoms, a pair of geese, the occasional butterfly. Simple things. 😊

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  6. Love this, Mark. I would add the scent of apple blossoms, the rough texture of a cat’s tongue giving kisses, a busy bee gathering nectar, the feel of the sun on my face. ❤

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  7. Beautiful photo, Mark 🙂 That list really covered all those important things in life. I got some things done around the house this weekend that I’ve been putting off. Its a good feeling and just one of those small things that make life so wonderful.

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  8. Absolutely! Everything on that list is a wonderful start to more thanksgiving.
    Good to be reminded. We have so much to be grateful for.

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