Favorite Things

Most of the time I don't think about my favorite things. Most of the time I remember the bad things, the things that make me angry, the things that annoy me, the things that fill up my moments so that anticipation of the ones to come, dwindles. But today as I walked up out of the train station, the cold wind hit me in the face and I took a deep breath and remembered something, I'm alive. Regardless of my circumstances - I'm alive. We all base so much of our existence on circumstance, where we live, what we do for a living, who we know, how much pain we've endured - that we lose sight of the things in our lives that make us happy. Favorite things, things that make you smile and sometimes even cry, things that make you get up every morning or sleep soundly at night. Circumstances are merely moments waiting to be redefined. I want new circumstances, I want to rejoice in the things I love, my favorite things. Here are some of mine:

finishing a good book and wanting to read it again because something in it moved me
having someone notice that I changed my hair, and complimenting me on it
my daughters smile
knowing I'm the reason someone is smiling
smiling for no reason at all
vacation days
sand between my toes
the smell of salt air while walking on the beach
full moons
driving in the country by myself with the windows down and the radio turned up
a good song that makes me feel something
holding the hand of someone I love and feeling as if we were fused together as one
watching my favorite tv shows in my easy chair with the blanket tucked around me
the first snow fall
laughing so hard that I pee my pants and then forgetting what I found so funny
waking up without being tired
make-up sex
surprising people that think they know me by proving their assumptions wrong
writing - and have people feel something through my words
knowing I have favorite things...and remembering them

I hope you have favorite things...and that you get to experience them often. Please give a shout out to msmegnolia because today she is going to stop smoking...right MsM? Go on over and give her some support.


  1. k o w said...
    My favorite thing is when someone stops smoking. Seriously.
    Neil said...
    You seem to really enjoy smiling and smiles, so I'm smiling for you after reading your post.
    Da Gal said...
    Thank you so much for sharing your joy and for stopping by my place again.

    I want you to know how much I appreciate your kindness and to let you know that people are visiting me through you now - you have strengthened the web of us who have joined arms and hold each other up in recovery through the blog-world.

    Take care and thank you from my heart. Love, Meg

    Oh.. .and PS. I am successfully not-smoking today. the patch is on.. and I am heading out to knit - rather than smoke on my lunch break.

    P.P.S. I smell pretty today!
    Lori said...
    I enjoy so many of these same things. The world is great...whether you're in Chicago or Kansas! :-)

    I visited Chicago once several years ago, though I didn't get to stay very long. A police officer blew his whistle at me once because I was casually taking my time getting across the street and I suppose, slowing traffic! Though I was a fish out of water, it was fun being on dry land for awhile...
    kimmyk said...
    I too enjoy many of the same things you do.

    Very cool list NWC! I'd have to add a latte shared with my daughter on that list of my fav. things too.
    NML said...
    Welcome back! I will catch up on your posts over the next few days. I share many of those favourites although it's a while since I have had sex, never mind make up sex ;-)
    NMAMFQLMSH said...
    One of my favorite quotes is by George Bernard Shaw...
    "People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want and if they can't find them, make them."
    I say......go for it girl and make your circumstances.
    I love your list...it made me think of all the things I am grateful for.
    I see you,
    Networkchic said...
    MsM, I can almost smell you too...and you do smell pretty! Keep it up girl...we'll all be here to hold you up.
    Shannon said...
    right on girl... way to focus on the positive... :)
    Caterpillar said...
    Your list is wonderful, NWC!!! I love smiling, too, and being so happy just to be alive! I'm so glad that your vacation refreshed your spirit!! :)
    FunkyB said...
    You've inspired me. I think I need to make a list -- the kind I carry around in my pocket to remind me to be thankful.
    NewYorkMoments said...
    You have dogs! I've been neglecting blog reading lately, due to the fact that I have a real job now...but I digress.

    I'm going to have Julie Andrews in my head all day now :-)

    Raindrop & roses & whiskers on kittens...
    k o w said...
    This blog here is another one of my favorite things.

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