50 Things

I read in The First Draft a post about 50 things that bring happiness. The task was simple enough. To list 50 things that make you happy.  I didn’t read much into the process suggested by the blogger (courtneykane, who I love!), but I decided that I would do it as a stream of consciousness. So, I made the list of 50 in a rapid fire approach without thinking too hard or ranking them in any kind of order. Then, I went back to make a short comment about each.

Here goes….

  1. Laughing As in the soul-tickling, tear-evoking type of laughter. Laughing about things I shouldn’t be laughing about with really good friends. Silly fits of giggles that don’t stop for hours.
  2. Books Any and all. (Well, maybe not.) But books that touch somewhere deep inside and provide a little direction or insight. Books that touch a memory. Books that hit the core of the human spirit.
  3. Writing Just putting it out on paper. Writing creatively. Putting imagination into being. Sorting the deepest thoughts of my soul.
  4. Words Providing a visible manifestation of what exists in me. Finding representations of what exists in other people.
  5. Baseball The simplicity of the game. The complexity of the game. The metaphor it provides for life. The distraction it provides from life. Following players from the minor leagues to the major leagues.
  6. Meditation Finding the deep part inside me. And listening to it. Stilling myself to the point that nothing else exists but the soul.
  7. Running Finding a rhythm between body and soul. Shutting down the mind to stretch the capacity of the body.
  8. Music A universal language. As a collision of sound and silence. As a motivation, inspiration and comfort.
  9. little brothers As my three best friends. As absolute delights to my life and my being. As a responsibility and a privilege.
  10. soul sisters Co-conspirators in the journey of life. As inspiration and support.
  11. the Blessed Mother The female incarnation of God. A model of devotion and simplicity.
  12. Prayer The action that is an extension of meditation. The outward presence of the inward silence.
  13. late night/early morning conversations Those with kindred spirits that go on for hours, have no limitations, and reach to the core of who we are. That create an atmosphere for honesty and realization.
  14. phone dates With really good friends. Who live really far away.
  15. the smell of fresh cut grass Especially at Dodger Stadium. Manicured grass anywhere looks amazing and smells better.
  16. Trees Mostly climbing them. But sitting in them is a close second. Communing with nature.
  17. Pen and paper Putting the words down with ink. Using both as an extension of the soul and a means to honor the beauty of words.
  18. Guitars Electric ones. Cute guys who play them and strong women who rock them.
  19. Coffee The smell. The taste. The cream. The sugar. And, even, the addiction.
  20. Photography Creating an image to what my mind sees.
  21. sunshine Soul-searing, bone-warming sunshine.
  22. the desert “Once you get into the desert, there’s no going back,” said the camel driver. “and, when you can’t go back, you have to worry only about the best way of moving forward.”
  23. the ocean The smell. The sounds. The overwhelming power.
  24. Dirt Seriously. Like caked dirt that comes from being outdoors too long. Shaking the dirt off your shoes. Red dirt!
  25. text messages Random, out-of-the-blue text messages. And conversations that go on for weeks with really good friends.
  26. Blogging A forum for the many, many thoughts that pop into my head all day. At least for the ones I feel compelled to share.
  27. Meeting people And talking with them. Learning something I never knew. But really finding the interconnectedness that exists between all of us.
  28. Travel Just getting out and away.
  29. long car rides Especially alone. Especially with lots of free time to stop where I wish.
  30. Bare feet Nothing like feeling the earth under your feet. (Or the concrete under your feet. Or the carpet.)
  31. Deep thought Not to be confused with meditation. But thought that helps you figure out problems. Not life problems. Just little problems. Like how to rig a door shut.
  32. Technology Gadgets and gizmos. Especially things that help me write or manipulate pictures.
  33. Blue The color. All shades of it.
  34. Beer I had to. I’m far from a connoisseur, but there’s nothing like a cold beer on a hot day.
  35. Walks Especially ones that make errands an experience rather than a chore.
  36. Painting Mixing colors. Playing with brushes. And just making a mess.
  37. Blogs Other people’s. Reading into the minds of people who share a part of what I love and believe.
  38. Role models Learning to learn from example. Being humble enough to take from others what is greater and better.
  39. Solidarity As a path to familiarity, humility and genuine kinship.
  40. Guardian angels I believe in them. I know mine.
  41. Sepia For pictures. So you can see what you want to see from my vantage point. Coloring in things according to my own life.
  42. Family All of it. For better or worse. For who they’ve made me become.
  43. Teaching It might be better to say learning. Or learning along side young people. Best. Thing. Ever.
  44. News In-for-ma-tion. Period.
  45. Politics Everything about them. The art of it. The sinister side. The manipulation and the sheer human hope.
  46. Oranges My favorite fruit. I love when they’re in season.
  47. Chocolate Chocolate bars. Chocolate cake. Chocolate in coffee. Ice cream. Syrup.
  48. Dreams Having them. Believing them. Figuring them out. But most of all receiving incredible messages.
  49. Hiking As a means for seeing the trees. Talking to friends. And escaping within the city.
  50. Sleep Contrary to what people may think, I love it. Good sleep, especially. I just like to experiment with it.


  1. Oh, I love your list!!!
    Late night conversations – yes! Trees – absolutley, I can’t believe I forgot that on my list, I especially love the skeletal winter ones. Oh and dreams, to-tally!
    Great list. Great.
    Did it make you feel happy just writing it and thinking about all these great things? I know mine did for mre.

    PS: thanks for the mention.

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