Sunday, November 18, 2012

Thankful for the Little Things

Good morning.
"And the beat goes on....................."

Reminder:  Last Chance. The lists of names for possible inclusion in the Arts Dinner-vention dinner party are due tomorrow November 20th. Email to me at  I know you have some names to suggest.  Thanks.  

Thankful for the things that make me happy:
It's that time of year again (already!).  Thanksgiving week is upon us, and in just a couple of weeks the country virtually shuts down until after the first week in January.

So in that annual rite where we think about what we are thankful for, I made a list of the things that invariably bring a smile to my face; that actually make me happy --  thinking these are some of the things I am really thankful for.  While I admit that when I was younger, more materialistic pursuits were on my mind, now it turns out the things that please me  are all small things; things that cost nothing at all.  I had about forty things on the list and I have culled them down to ten.

1.  When driving along, I love seeing the expression on dog's faces when they are walking with their masters.  The way they look up at them - eyes wide, mouth open, smiling.  Dogs are always "engaged".  There is just something extraordinarily satisfying about dogs.

2.  Sunday mornings in the fall:  Me on the couch, lox and bagels, the New York Times, a football game on television, a fire in the fireplace, rain at the window.  It doesn't get any better than that.

3.  Butterflies and hummingbirds.  I can't help but smile when I see either or both.  Magical.

4.  I love seeing old couples holding hands as they stroll together.  Watching them from behind as they amble slowly, so many memories shared.  How wonderful.

5.  I can't help but smile every time I hear little kids giggling.  It just tickles me so much.  Their laughter is so genuine and infectious.  Would the world would listen more to that music.

6.  Whenever I hear of some random act of kindness by human beings towards another, it makes me feel good - hopeful and glad.  A gentle reminder that the force for good, for generosity, is so much stronger than the forces that pit us against each other.

7.  Dancers.  I love dancers.  Poetry set to motion to music.  Wow.

8.  Blue skies and big, puffy white clouds bring a smile to my face and always make me grateful  I am alive.  Sunrises are like that too - beginnings.  And in the Spring when the daffodils first bloom - life is again renewed.  Sweet.

9.  I get a smug feeling of satisfaction crawling into clean, crisp sheets on a summer's eve.  And a good night's sleep is up there too.

10.  The tens of thousands of you out there who work in the arts and who never quit.  That makes me happy in a way I cannot even put into words.  It always makes me proud that I work among you.

And, of course, chocolate, great wine, Magnum ice cream bars, bear claws, Elizabeth George novels, pecan pie and did I mention chocolate?

Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving with friends, family and loved ones.

Don't Quit.