A lot of us are still enduring the Covid restrictions in some way or another. I was reading my book the Artist’s Way for retirement, and one of the sections deals with touchstones. It occured to me that nearly all of us have lost our normal routines and daily touchstones, especially people whose working (paid and unpaid)life has been impacted- the chats around the water dispenser or coffee mchine, the daily journey to work, the shops we pop into to while away some time, the libraries, maybe your church. All these things change when you retire but also now, and maybe the task my book suggested can help, or maybe is just a bit of fun.
We are asked to list 25 things that bring us joy- ordinary things, and maybe you can find one of them that you can do today which will bring happiness.
We are dividing them between the five senses, and off I go,
1 Taste- Cinnamon, mulled apple juice, ginger, carrot cake and bacon sandwiches.
2 Touch- Stroking a dog, hugs, clean sheets, rain when you get really really soaked or when there is a gentle rain on your face and that heat you feel when you go on holiday and climb down the airplane steps.
3 Smell- Line dried washing, bacon, the earthy smell in a wood, real Christmas trees and heather.
4 Sound- a brass band outside, crickets, the hum of bees, lawn mowers, and family chatter.
5 Sight- Sunsets, Greek seaside vilages, city/town lights, heather moors, old photographs.
Now some of those I can do nothing about experiencing at the moment- but I reckon I can have a bacon sandwich for lunch and make an apple crumble with lots of cinnamon tonight. Longer term there is the Christmas tree to think about- we currently have a very big artificial tree, and I really did want to go smaller this year, and I think I have the stand for a real one somewhere, probably in the garage somewhere….
Please do tell me some of your favourite things, and is there one something you could do today?