28. When something is organized, and a pleasure to use.
29. Growing food.
30. There’s that moment when riding a horse, right before they move into a canter, that is so amazing.
31. The way light plays on water. It’s mesmerizing.
32. Being able to fix something. I love bringing something back into usefulness.
33. Being able to help someone else.
34. Having a good day. The kind of day where you have nice weather, the food is good, you’ve had enough sleep, you’re headed off to an adventure, that kind of day where everything just goes your way.
35. Recognizing a soul mate. Someone you can really be yourself around.
36. Finding something you thought was lost forever.
37. That moment when it dawns on you that you are really over something that hurt you quite badly.
38. The luxury of trying again.
39. My Mom’s stories. She was born in 1931, and remembers things like Charlie Chaplin movies, going to school on her horse, how to live without refrigeration for food, and on and on.
40. My husband’s sense of humour.
41. How great it is to see little wild animals and birds and such. There’s nothing quite like observing a fox hunting that hasn’t seen you yet, or seeing a baby bird peeking out of the bird house.
42. Making encounters with the people who work all around us more personal and fun. I really like talking to people who work in restaurants and stores, and so on. I hope to make our connectedness more tangible.
43. The brilliance of other people. I am constantly blown away by people with great talents, such as musicians, painters, and the few politicians who strive to actually be positive forces, and everyday heroes like great parents and great pet owners, or those people with glorious gardens.
44. Having your affection returned by animals. I love the connection I feel with my horses. They actually come to hang out with me when there’s no food involved. I love meeting people’s dogs in the park, or a kitty out on the prowl that is happy to be pet.
47. How good it feels when you know someone cares about you, and is willing to help you, or protect you, and thinks well of you.
48. Having the respect of others, which is different from love or affection.
49. The luxury of choices and options. It’s nice to have clothes to choose from, food to choose from, options of what to do with my day, and being able to vote, and having the kind of marriage that means we decide things together, and being able to provide good care for my pets, and so on.
50. Being able to see good things in myself.
51. Being able to be genuinely happy for others.
52. People remembering my birthday.
53. Our big family get-togethers.
54. How good it feels to accomplish something difficult.
56. Mastery of a skill.
57. Learning better ways to communicate with others, how wonderful it is when you can work through a conflict peacefully, being able to make a point without making others feel badly; any way to maintain the dignity of all involved.
58. Being able to be incorrect with grace.
59. Knowing that you have truly done your best, regardless of the outcome.
61. Having lots of energy and enthusiasm. On days when I don’t have it….Blah!
62. Finally resolving something that’s been an issue for a long time, whether it’s completing a project, making that phone call, making the appointment, or getting something fixed/sold/cleaned/returned…
63. Seeing the world in a fresh way through the eyes of a child, or seeing a young adult just heading out into the world and remembering how that felt.
64. Then, seeing how you have learned and grown from your own life experiences.
65. Recognising that you actually have useful advice/wisdom to offer younger folk. It’s interesting to see yourself that way, when you also look to other older, wiser people for advice. It would be good to continue that stream of knowledge.
66. When refraining from judging others leads to a better understanding.
67. Being trustworthy.
68. Being able to give someone the perfect gift.
69. Belonging somewhere.
70. Being able to recognise quality in things. It is a great thing to actually understand what makes a certain kind of sheets better, or shoes, because being able to recognise quality (rather than just thinking that if it’s more expensive it must be better)means owning things that function better, look better longer, are more comfortable, and last longer. That’s not the same as just throwing money at something. There’s a satisfaction in knowing that something is of good quality, and getting more enjoyment from that object. 1 week ago