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We all love lists:Take a minute and create a list of your top 10 favorite things. Can you guess #1 on my list?
- bulleted lists
- numbered lists
We thrive on lists of any kind from Christmas lists, to-do lists, and even the ever boring (but highly effective) grocery list. Some lists are just as exciting to create as they are to fulfill, and maybe even more so because they create anticipation:
- Things to pack for my vacation
- Places to visit while on my vacation
- Foods to eat during my vacation
Oh, sorry. I got a little side-tracked there for a minute. So when I woke up this morning and realized, “We’re on the cusp of spring!” I wanted to celebrate it with a smile; the kind of wide, all-encompassing grin to reflect the promise of warmth and fresh air apparent outside my window. And what better way to do so than to remind myself what else made me feel this happy. As you read through my list, take a moment to reflect upon your own favorite things. If it’s been awhile since you thought about it, it may have even changed a bit.
Yvette’s Favorite Things:
- Chocolate…anything. I can honestly say I’ve never met something chocolate I didn’t LOVE. Burnt brownies, frozen chocolate chips and even stale Hershey’s bars will do the trick.
- Putting on pajamas early on a cold winter’s night. And I mean early, like before dinner if possible. That way I get a lot of “awake” time to enjoy them.
- Feeding my family a favorite meal. It’s unanimous around here – my spaghetti or lasagna are most often requested and get rave reviews, and there’s something very rewarding about seeing my grown sons attack their food as they did in their teenage years.
- Time spent in the water. When I was a kid I regularly dreamt about swimming and could never get enough time at our local public swimming pool. As an adult I still love pools, oceans – anything that puts me in the water and creates that weightless sensation.
- Fresh sheets on my bed. I think I actually sleep better on them.
- A tall glass of water. Not too cold, not room temperature, but one where the ice has been melted for awhile and I can chug the whole thing in one long, drink.
- A new book. The smell, the feel and the anticipation of the story that lies ahead.
- Coming home after a trip. Dorothy said it best, “There’s no place like home.”
- Sunday mornings. Especially when the day is wide open and I can lounge around without places to be or things to do. Oh, and a cup of great coffee to go with the morning. Is that cheating since I named two things?
- Crossing out the last item on a to-do list. Really. I feel accomplished and rewarded by this one action.
Spring is a time for rejuvenation; a rebirth, so to speak of your mind, body and soul. Set aside the functional lists designed to keep you task-oriented. Instead, take a minute to create your own list of your favorite things. Don’t obsess about the perfect list, just whatever first comes to mind. I guarantee it’ll bring a smile to your face.