Clara Hinton
Grief Speaker, Author, and Workshop Leader

It's the Simple Things in Life that Bring Us Joy!

4/7/2013 (Hope for the Day )

I don’t know exactly why, but this morning was one of those days when I woke up early and started thinking before I ever got out of bed.  My mind began to wrestle over some of the problems I knew I’d be facing today, and the more I thought, the more tensed up my mind and body became.  Then, without any warning, a ray of sunshine found its way into the bedroom through the curtains that had been pulled shut the evening before, and that’s when my mind shifted gears. 


There is so much that brings joy into my life.  There are far more joyful things than those momentary worries, so why spend precious moments at the beginning of the day cluttering our minds with the things in life that don’t bring lasting meaning and hope?  Why not concentrate on the joyful things – the simple things in life that are our daily gifts to enjoy? 


And, so…..I’ll share some of my list of the simple things in life that bring me such great joy and maybe this will get your mind to shift gears when you wake up on the wrong side of the bed, too!


Feeling the morning dew on my bare feet as I walk across the grass

Colorful flowers and leaves

Blue skies

Gentle falling raindrops

My warm, comfy bed

A steaming cup of freshly brewed coffee early in the morning

The sound of the birds singing

Watching a deer slowly walk across the front yard

Pears dropping from the ‘ole pear tree

The smell of pancakes on a crisp, fall morning

Snuggling up in my soft fleece blanket with a good book

Watching a sappy love story

Eating freshly popped popcorn

Sipping on hot peach tea in mid-afternoon

Standing on the porch and listening to the sounds of nature

Lingering over freshly squeezed lemonade on a hot summer day

Looking at pictures of the kids when they were little – such fond memories!

The smell of fresh herbs such as basil, dill, and mint

Vases filled with freshly cut flowers

Picking a tomato and eating it straight from the garden

Lavender vanilla candles

The smell of a newborn baby

Quiet time spent with God's word

Hugs from my kids

Watching a puppy playfully chasing after its tail

Walking through a field of flowers

Watching an early morning sunrise

Taking in the calm beauty of the setting sun


My list is never ending….but you’re getting the picture.  The simple things in life are those things that surround us daily, but we so often don’t take the time to appreciate and fully enjoy because we allow our minds to be far too cluttered with the daily noise of “stuff”.


Why not join me and make YOUR list of the simple things in life that bring joy to you each day?  I’ll make you a little bet…..we can each easily fill a book with our personal treasures of joy!

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