By Caitlin Kelly
These days, who isn’t stressed?!
So here’s the latest version of my ongoing series, the one in which I look around my daily life — and maybe inspire you to do the same — to slow down, stop and really appreciate the small, simple moments that can, if we notice them, make our lives joyful.
As my very wise French friend Guillemette told me, when I was an ambitious, impatient 25 year old (OK, little has changed!) that it’s life small moments that matter most…we will, if fortunate, enjoy many more of these than those Big Life-Changing wins and triumphs.
A bowl of tangerines
A pot of fragrant tea on a cold, gray, windy afternoon
Second sleep — waking up, deciding you could use a bit more of it and going back into a deep sleep until you wake up fully refreshed
A cashmere scarf, gloves and/or sweater (available through consignment shops!), so light, soft and warm
A long phone call with an old friend who knows you well
A wave or smile from a passing baby
Sending a lovely card on paper
Watching “comfort” movies whose dialogue you know by heart and are happy to see for the 1000th time
Making serious progress in spin class — hitting 113 rpm (how fast one can spin) and being able to sustain 100 for more than 20 seconds. Yay!
A clear dental check-up
Fresh flowers in every room
A scented candle, bedside, to start and end every day
A book you love so much you can’t wait to dive back in
An armload of library books
My annual Public Lending Rights check, royalties for Canadian library use of my two books
Income, even a small amount, from re-selling clothes, shoes or other objects you no longer want or use
A hug, given or received
A sky full of amazing cloud formations
Getting the answers right while watching Jeopardy
The New York Times Spelling Bee
A gleamingly clean bathroom and kitchen
Tickets to a concert, show or museum exhibition
I think, if the past few years have taught us, it’s how to appreciate what’s within reach, sometimes within the same room, as we try to stay safe from COVID.