Simple Pleasures

Sometime ago, I rediscovered my ability to appreciate the simpler things in life. I had lost it for a while in the process of getting married, creating a routine for the two of us and dealing with the myriad things that couples face.
I thought it would be a good idea to list them down, to be reminded of joy during moments of sadness, during those moments where you desperately look for a pick-me-up.
So here are a few things that always seem to make me smile..

Watching the rain pour down on our huge windows, and listening to its music.

Spending an entire afternoon in the balcony, getting sun-drenched, a cup of tea in hand. The afternoon sun is delicious and the world takes on a languor that’s simply irresistible.

Chopping my vegetables and arranging them on the cutting board, with an eye for colour and shape. Who cares what they ultimately turn out to be?

Soaking my feet after a long day in a tub of warm water, spiced with shampoo. Sensual and relaxing.

Taking a walk late in the night, when all doors are shut, and the neighbourhood prepares to go to bed. There’s just one light on, that of the local ice-cream parlour. Would you say no?

Roused in the middle of the night, only to find a four-legged baby, snuggling up between your legs, making himself more comfortable. Is that what they call a comforter?

Waking up each morning to a lovely cup of coffee, all waiting and ready to touch your lips. Sometimes, it feels like magic, though I am told it is only love.

Watching the neelambari tree shower us with flowers, the ground a purple carpet. A royal welcome, despite the change in colour.

Laughing till it hurts. I never imagined work could be so much fun. Although, wherever there is learning, there is also extreme joy.

Feeling like a child again, reading three books in two days, and being really proud about it!

There are a lot more  of these tiny things, always near and ready to make you smile, if only you make no attempts to capture them or pursue them tirelessly. For as Nathaniel Hawthorne says,

“Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you”

Wishing your garden of life many more butterflies.


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