Simple Pleasures
Monday May 07th 2007, 10:34 am

This morning I was cleaning out some old magazines I had been keeping for a few years. I don’t know why I bother to keep old magazines because I have so many current magazines which I haven’t read yet. As I was throwing them away, I found a very delightful magazine which my daughter had given me for Mother’s Day a few years ago called Ideals Mother’s Day, “More than 50 years of celebrating life’s most treasured moments”. It is filled with the most beautiful pictures of flowers and country scenes, poetry and stories about mothers and children. It is a real keeper, because these things never go out of date. We sometimes need to be reminded to appreciate the simple things in life, and to stop and smell the roses more often.

One of the short poems which caught my eye was by Sidney Greenberg. “Life is a journey, not a destination; and happiness is not “there” but here; not tomorrow, but today”.

I also loved another poem by Virginia Borman Grimmer called “Simple Pleasures”.

I like a simple little house
With flowers by the door,
An ample larder for my needs
And not much more in store.

I like a window toward the sun
And doors that open wide,
The trickle of a bath for birds
With feathered friends beside.

I like a tidy nook inside
Where my books and slippers lie,
A cup for tea, a magazine,
And warming hearth hearby.

I like some trinkets on the sills,
White ruffles at the panes,
The comfort of a sturdy roof
To shelter me from rains.

I like the cozy ambience,
A place of sweet retreat
Where life unfolds along the way
And each new day’s a treat!

I always thought the ideal house was a cozy cottage-like house, with a white picket fence, and roses climbing over trellises in the front yard. It would have flower gardens, bird houses and flower boxes. This is the type of house described in this poem, but you hardly ever see in real life anymore. They are considered old fashioned now. This type of house isn’t the dream of many, who seem to want the largest house they can afford.

We might be happier if we could just appreciate the simple pleasures in life, instead of always striving for more, and not really being happy once we get it. I am not saying that we shouldn’t plan and work for our future, but we should also try to enjoy every day in the present as much.

Have a good day,