Raindrops On Roses
Do you know what I love? Let me tell you. I love raindrops on roses. Or how about whiskers on kittens?…so cute. In my kitchen, I like bright copper kettles, and don’t forget my warm woolen mittens on cold winter days. And if you knew me, you would know that I love gifts, especially when they come in brown paper packages all tied up with strings. And I guess you could say, these are a few of my favorite things.
I am dedicating this month to reflect on some stuff and give you a little insight and inspiration on what I found to be “my favorite things.” Let’s kick it off this week with the category, “The favorite thing I watched.” I know what you are thinking – looking back at a year of TV, movies, silly videos, all the stuff we streamed when we probably should have been doing something else. Take a second to scan through your memory of the most impactful movie that moved you, or the most educational YouTube video that taught you a skill, or the funniest TikTok that you forwarded to all your friends that was so relatable you couldn’t resist.
Before I reveal the favorite thing I watched, let me first tell you about the happiest, least stressful, most meaningful jobs, places and activities in America. It’s an analysis from the data collected from Bureau of Labor Statistics’s American Time Use Survey to find out what brought people the most happiness. Happiest Jobs? Agriculture, logging and forestry have the highest level of self-reported happiness and the lowest level of self-reported stress. Happiest Places? Outdoors ranked at the top of the list. Researchers across the social and medical sciences have found an undeniable link between mental health and green space. It also kinda relates to forestry and agriculture, don’t you think? Happiest activities? Sports, exercise and recreation…green fields and such…hmmm, golf anyone?
So, why am I sharing all that? Because our family got to spend a lot of time outdoors last year. And we ended up living by this phrase every time we went out for a new adventure: “Never miss a sunset.”
Picture the scene as we quietly walk along the the soft sand feeling the warm yet refreshing sensation with every step. The beach is quiet, no one is in sight and all I hear is the soothing rhythm of the waves. We timed it perfectly as we sat down in front of the camp fire, the sun starts to cast a golden glow. Then it happened. The sky darkened and the colors deepened…the clouds took on the firery red and orange tint. And those same colors began to reflect on the water…vivid and vibrant. Beautiful and serene. I took a deep breath.
Oh, and I also took a picture. See above.
That was the favorite thing I watched, and as I share, I hope it will encourage you to share as well. What was the favorite thing you watched last year? What brought you inspiration? What taught you something significant? What made you belly laugh? What impacted you in a way that might change the trajectory of your life or your perspective?
I can’t wait to share some more favorites. Because when the dog bites, or the bee stings, or when I’m feeling sad, I don’t know about you but sometimes all I have to do is remember my favorite things, and then I don’t feel so bad. Someone should write a song about that.
Can’t wait to chat more next week!