So, I read this blog by Sarah Smiles Awhile: Seven Things That Are Underrated (if you ask me)…. and am totally ready to create my own list. The only problem is, I would have to steal at least 3 of hers. Not creative on my part, but totally truthful.
1. I agree that those limp handshakes by some women remind me of holding onto a dead fish (yes, I have done that–hold onto a dead fish, I mean). No limp handshakes from me. I despise them.
2. And there is nothing better than sending or receiving a handwritten letter via snail mail. It’s such a refreshing experience to open the mailbox and NOT find a bill, a piece of junk mail or catalog or that (currently) inevitable piece of political propaganda coming from one of several candidates for office. I’m all for getting mail that makes me smile…awhile.
3. And then, there’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives (otherwise known as Triple D). I watch and re-watch episodes and when visiting new areas of the country, I seek out places that have been featured. Invariably, I enjoy myself. So, thanks, Sarah Smiles – for the reminder and the inspiration. Now, here’s my list (or the remainder of my list):
4. The soft breath of my cat, curled up on the bed next to me, whiskers brushing my neck as I read a good book on a rainy afternoon.
Nothing makes me feel more content. I can’t imagine being more relaxed.
5. The joy of making something for someone else…with my own hands. Either a crafty thing, a baked thing or a whole meal. It’s such a pleasure to do for someone else, when they least expect it. Not for a birthday or an anniversary or because they are celebrating a new job. Just to celebrate that they ARE.
6. Paying it forward. Yes, a trendy thing, but it feels soooooooooo good. To do something for a total stranger and just imagine the surprise when they receive whatever it is you’ve done for them. And then not telling ANYONE you did it. That is your secret. Your joy. No one else’s to weaken the gift you’ve given. Because by telling someone, are you not seeking recognition? Then it isn’t as powerful. Doing something for someone in need and then telling no one is much more amazing.
7. A sad movie. The cathartic release after crying over a sad movie. It draws out all that pent-up emotion. Enough said.
Thanks, Sarah Smiles. You’ve given me a lot to think about.
What are your Seven Things That Are Underrated?
“The best thing in life aren’t things.”~ John Ruskin