The simple good

Even if I feel anxious, or alone I can pause, recognize, and be grateful for the simple good that abounds in my life.


One day, I am certain, I will look back on these days and long for the good found in them:

Lucky dog’s companionship
Daily readings in the morning
Sipping a warm cup of tea out in the backyard
A gentle breeze cooling off a Florida afternoon
The sound of a palm tree swaying in the wind
Blooming orchids in the yard
Having time to journal and write
Ordering and the arrival of a new fountain pen
Meditating quietly on my bedroom floor
Sitting in the yard with Lucky next to me
Watching turtles show their heads out in the lake
A hawk flying overhead
Time to read and study herbs
Playing fetch with Lucky, and picking up after him

One day, I’m sure, I’ll move and leave elsewhere. The landscape and the location will change. The air around me will feel and smell differently. The cast of people around me will not be the same. I may be more busy with chores (or less), taking care of different folk, looking out a different window, or sitting in a different yard. I may have a different garden to sip tea, a chair that is more comfortable to while away the evening hours watching as evening settles in. I may pick up after a different dog, or a person I’m living with. I may turn in a different home. And my pens and paper, journals and writing will document different struggles and worries from the ones I write about today.

But today I’m able to recognize that even if I feel anxious, or alone I can pause, recognize, and be grateful for the simple good that abounds in my life.

About the author Walter

Walter lives and works in and around South Florida. When not practicing or studying acupuncture, you can find him at one of Miami’s beaches, or in a coffee shop lost in the pages of a good book. Walter enjoys diverse interests such as reading Tarot, practicing Qi Gong and Tai Chi, learning Buddhist dharma, practicing shamanic healing, writing for his blogs, reading Oriental philosophy, traveling to new places and old favorites, exploring contemplative photography with his iPhone, sitting quietly in meditation, practicing healthy fitness, and promoting wellbeing.

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  1. How lovely to be so accepting of, and prepared for, the inevitability of change and to see the possibilities of the new.

  2. Well put, like you I have experienced such moments and when I am in this kind of space I find myself thinking how wonderful and magical simplicity is. Thanks for taking me there.

  3. I often forget to be grateful for my prosperous life. Thanks for reminding me.

  4. Thanks for your great post. Sometimes it is the simple things that are the best.

  5. As we sat on our small balcony today having our coffee with the two Hounds from Hell basking in the sunlight at our feet Laurent said – we have a good life you know. And I do know and for that I, like you, am thankful and accepting.

  6. Indeed well said
    I am quite keen on the simple things in my life and thesee are great satisfaction.

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