“I like old bookstores, the smell of coffee brewing, rainy day naps, farmhouse porches, and sunsets. I like the sweet, simple things that remind me that life doesn’t have to be complicated to be beautiful.” —Brooke Hampton
I saw this quote in a meme on social media this week and nodded in agreement. My list of simple things is a little different than hers.
I like the anticipation of dropping a bobber into a smooth pond, the gurgle of my Keurig, snow, fire pits, the second the lights go down at a concert, thunderstorms, opening a new notebook to the first page, getting so lost in a song that you don’t care if anybody notices, the purr of my cat as she rests in my lap, and my nephew’s laugh.
You know what would be fun? The next time you get together with a group of friends, hand everybody an index card and ask them to jot down the simple things that remind them that life is beautiful. You might have to read Brooke’s quote to give them an idea about what you’re talking about, but they’ll catch on quickly.
Once everybody is done with his or her list, gather all of the index cards, then shuffle them. You could have a designated reader or take turns. After a list is read, have your friends (or family) jot down who they believe each list belongs to. Then total the right answers at the end to see who got the most right.
Regardless of who wins, I think it would lead to some fascinating conversation afterward, don’t you?
Give it a try.