happy list

Author: angiem, 05 30th, 2011

I love lists. Oh yes! I do. Sometimes before I fall asleep, I make lists in my head. Of places I want to visit, things I want to accomplish, books I must read. Sometimes I make boring lists, about retirement and saving money and such. I don’t dwell long on those. And sometimes I make lists about the things I want to possess. Clothing, furniture, homes in 20 different places. But the possessions list is boring as well. Lately I’ve become sort of detached from the idea of excess, although at one time I’d rather have given up my right hand than separate myself from a walk-in closet.

In my current journal I have a few identical lists of my 100 favorite books, people, furniture, and clothes. The week of the rapture that didn’t happen, I dreamt that I was told that I must pack up my car with 100 of my *cannot live without* items and people. So I went to get a UHaul truck and started filling it up. But, for some reason, everything I put inside it ballooned up and there was no room for the people that I loved. Out came all the things I thought I couldn’t live without, and in went all my family and friends.

I love my life. It isn’t perfect, no, but I am content. And although I know it’s so cliche, the things that make me so, aren’t things. Not really. What completes my days, are the smiles of my darlings as they reach for me, all sleepy headed and heavy lidded in the early mornings hours. The chirping of the birds flitting from branch to branch outside my open window, beckoning me to rise from the softness of my bed and make the most out of the hour before everyone else is up; the books waiting to be read, impatiently threatening to spill out of the overflowing bookcases; the smell of coffee and of toast; my stash of emergency dark chocolate, hidden in a secret spot, high up on a shelf; the yellow roses scrambling up my patio’s trellis, competing with the green of the ivy; hubby surprising me with delicious treats when I least expect it; my ever-ready daily uniform of converse, dark jeans and fitted cashmere sweaters; treasured friends (see the photo) who support and encourage and never fail to check up on me whenever I pull a disappearing act; the smiles and the kindness of those who cross my path on a daily basis; and my faith, always present, always a comfort, a steady presence in my life.

I want to absorb all the delicious moments of my every day. Inhale them. Stretch out the minutes to last for hours. Remember them forever and ever, whatever life will bring. I watch the faces of my lovelies, those of my parents, of my siblings, of my friends. I try to etch the twinkle of their eyes into my mind, the wrinkles on their faces, the laugh lines on their cheeks, the perfection of their skin, the sound of their voices and of their laughter. Sometimes I feel desperate that I will forget something important, that a moment of eternity will pass me by and I’ll be looking the other way. So I stare harder and command my mind not to forget.

What about you, friends? What makes you content? What is on your happy list?

The photo above was taken this last Saturday at my friend Melania’s wedding (CONGRATULATIONS!), by my friend Teddy. Actually, it was taken by one of Teddy’s assistants because we wanted Teddy in the photo with us. Teddy is the one next to me in the white blouse and black slacks. She is an awesome photographer. When her website is up I will provide a link. Until then, keep an eye on her everyone!

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17 Responses to “happy list”

  1. sharon - my french country home Says:

    I love your posts, Angela, they make me slow down and think. I take time to reflect and savour. So glad you mentioned birdsong, definitely one of my favourite everyday things.
    My list making tends to be to-do lists rather than the positive counting of blessings that you enjoy.
    Thank you
    Sharon
    xx

  2. deb Says:

    I love you.
    That is all.

  3. Joyce Says:

    A wonderful list, and a list that sounds so appreciative. Also not only beautiful smiles, but a great photo too. xo

  4. Ruth Says:

    I make lists too, but the happy list is one I have not made yet. I would say people that I love and simple moments would make up my happy list. Thanks for a great post as always!

  5. Stephanie Says:

    what a great photo! and yes, I am a list maker too!

  6. Ava Says:

    Your list is awesome as always!! My friends and family would make the top of my list. They are what make me happy.

  7. Lori Says:

    OK. I know I should have better things to comment on this, but oh, your dress in that picture is sooo beautiful! Of course, much of it is due to the fact that you look beautiful wearing it.
    I also think that I am swimming in stuff that I do not need. And of course I could live very well without it all. But I also think that some things are OK to own if their beauty brings you pleasure. That’s the problem with art and beauty — you can live without them, but they do make life more bearable sometimes.

  8. Susan Tiner Says:

    What a beautiful post to read with my coffee this morning Angie. I will keep it in mind all day and try to savor every moment. Well, as soon as the leaf blower next door stops murdering my ears!

  9. Mary Moon Says:

    What a beautiful picture of a beautiful group of beautiful women.
    I loved your thing about the U-Haul. Ha! Would be the same for me. Oh, sure, there are things I love but they are mostly the tools I use in my life- this computer, my best knife, my garden trowel, my favorite shovel. And my bed, my pillows! My books, of course, the things people make me.
    But as to the rest- ah. And the older I get, the less I care if something formerly precious to me is lost. Just…a…thing.
    Your list and one I would make are very, very similar.

  10. Jena Says:

    You are all gorgeous!!!
    I agree with you. It is special moments that make me happy. Not things.
    Great post Angie!!!

  11. Theresa Says:

    I love surprises.
    Joy.
    Humor.
    My husband and kids.
    Come say hi we have a surprise for you!

  12. Christina Lindsay Says:

    What a beautiful post. You’re right it’s the people that are important not the things xx

  13. Diane Says:

    You’re the smart one that has found real joy in just living and the life around you. We don’t need 100 things to make us happy. Beautifully done. :O)

  14. Julie Says:

    Hi dear Angie
    Well what a gorgeous photo and post..I have weird and wacky dreams too but yours is fabulous.. how true.. that possessions tie us down and can stop us making room for what is truly important.. people.. I’m currently downsizing at a rapid rate.. wonder where that will take me..

    I might say also.. activities create a diversion too.. I have many friends that tie their lives up with so many activities.. that they seem to become duties and I rarely see them just enjoying ‘time’.. just being still in the company of family and friends.. trying to get a 5 min phone call with my brother takes an act of god.. hehe

    Well thanks for the lovely post and timely reminder to treasure what is important..

    Have a lovely weekend.. ciao xxx Julie

  15. Make Do Style Says:

    I love lists too - even my mundane grocery shopping ones. My to do lists are endless and I wouldn’t function without them!! xx

  16. corine @ hidden in france Says:

    So many moments make me happy. Blue sky in the morning, my husband right after he shaves, a mug of coffee with my morning paper, a lunch with friends, my boys when I pick him up from school and he has all those stories to tell. I really should keep a list of these for the times I just feel crabby and forget to be happy.

  17. Relyn Says:

    a few items from my happy list:

    getting back to blogging
    my daughter
    sunflare in photos
    that I know how to make bokeh now
    summer vacation being two weeks away
    trip to Arizona in a few weeks
    really good chocolate
    the private pool a friend gave us access to… I could go on and on. Happy summer.

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