But if I were pressed, I'd have to say the three simple things that give me the most joy are:
- Sunshine. I know this makes me sound either like a huge John Denver fan or a beach bum (both of which are true for me occasionally), but sunshine is the best. At the pool or the beach I am sometimes so happy to be in the sun that I jump up and down or cry. (I never said this was normal). On winter afternoon, I know exactly where to sit on the sofa to maximize the late afternoon rays. When it is cold, I park the car in the sun so I can close my eyes and feel the warmth. Something about the Vitamin D and the light always makes me feel better. No. Matter. What.
- Coffee with a friend. I know this sounds cliche. I drink a lot of coffee, but most of the cups that I consume in a week are on the fly. To sit with someone I love (my kids, a friend, a colleague) and drink it is a gift. (If we are in the sunshine, even better). The power of slowly sipping the hot wonderfulness and listening, dreaming or hoping with another person should never be underestimated.
- Kindness. Maybe I am just a ridiculously lucky person, but I am the recipient of so much kindness. A friend leaves flowers on your desk or gives you a pie (happened this morning, no joke) or asks how you are feeling and means it... These expressions of care and kindness sustain me daily - hourly, even. And I am very grateful!