Snuggling in a Warm Bed and Other Simple Pleasures

The cat enjoying my favorite chair

The cat enjoying my favorite chair

It’s turned cold here again in Florida. That’s “relatively cold” I guess to you living up north. Our overnight lows have been in the mid to high 40s. It’s certainly not bitter cold, but it is cold enough for us to have the heat on during the day and add extra covers to the bed at night.

At the start of this most recent winter blast, as I snuggled under the covers feeling the cold sheets gradually warm up, I became more aware of just how great it feels to be in a warm bed on a cold night. It is a good feeling, isn’t it? Of course, I’ve enjoyed this feeling before, we all have, but something was different that night. I had a much deeper feeling of enjoyment of the sensation, combined with gratitude for that particular pleasure and the many blessings the Lord has bestowed upon me, including a nice home with a warm bed.

Beyond the warm bed, something more general seems to have started for me that night. Subsequently, for the past two weeks or so, I have been very conscious of the other simple pleasures I enjoy daily. Just as then, I’ve been more mindful and aware of the present moment, and I seem to be experiencing a deeper satisfaction and even delight in life’s moments. It’s been nice. I hope it keeps going.

So I’ve been working on an informal list of my simple pleasures, those things I’ve always liked, with the hope and intent that from now on, I won’t just like them – I will delight in them! Here’s what I’ve got so far:

  • Getting up before sunrise and having coffee when the world is still
  • Exercising in my “home gym” (the garage)
  • Petting the cat
  • Crunchy peanut butter on warm whole grain toast
  • Writing
  • Sitting on a protected porch during a Florida thunderstorm
  • Looking at the plants and wildlife in my back yard
  • Gardening
  • Popcorn and a movie
  • Date night with my wife
  • Roasting marshmallows around a fire
  • Jumping in the swimming pool on a hot day
  • Going out for breakfast
  • Lunch with a friend
  • Drinking a glass of cool water when thirsty
  • A hamburger and a beer
  • Swinging on a porch swing
  • Sitting in the sunshine
  • Walking on the beach
  • Swimming in the ocean
  • Going for a run as dawn is breaking
  • Taking a hot shower
  • Seeing old friends
  • Meeting new people
  • Driving with the windows down and listening to Jimmy Buffet
  • Sitting in a favorite chair and reading a book

I could keep going and going. God has been very good to me. What do I lack? The more I list, the more it seems that almost everything I experience on a day-to-day basis is either enjoyable or capable of being enjoyed with the right attitude. Makes sense to me. Life itself is a gift from God, and gifts should be enjoyed.

What are you enjoying these days?

Comments

  1. Gene Truchelut says:

    On my and my wife’s list: two warm Lhasa Apso puppies on a chilly night–it seems as though God made these creatures to share life’s journey with humans.

    • Peter Weiss says:

      Thanks Gene. It is also surprising how much heat one small cat can generate in bed on a cold night. Pete