Congratulations everyone, we’ve survived another Black Friday and Cyber Monday. All indicators seem to reflect that 2012 is going to be a banner year for retailers and that is certainly good news for our economy. I’ll readily admit that I love a good deal as well as the next gal – my nickname in certain circles is “Shop-Dot-Kim.” However, each year, as the holiday season approaches, I find myself a little disappointed by the commercialism that emerges as we all tee-up for the manic rush to buy… buy… buy!
I am not above the fray here. I have my websites that have trained me, like the rats in a lab experiment, to compulsively log-on when their daily deals are released. My two current favorites are One Kings Lane and Joss and Main . In the interest of full disclosure, I took advantage of both these sites this past Cyber Monday and scored some great deals for Christmas presents – as well as a killer throw for 70% off.
I am certainly not one to walk away from a good bargain. I’ve dedicated previous blog posts to topics such as the joys of estate sale perusing and DIY projects. However, lately I’ve been making an effort to also focus on what’s important in life – not things, not the obtaining of things – but rather the simple and everyday pleasures that I should notice and appreciate. Especially during this holiday season, I find that I need to create a personal “gratitude inventory.”
So, in no particular order, here is the first draft of my list of “things” for which I am grateful:
My sun garden. We planted this garden just before my son graduated from high school almost four years ago. It has yielded some of the most beautiful peonies, irises, and lilies I have ever seen. Every year I seem to find a new flower peaking up through the foliage. I’ve even managed to cultivate a garnet and gold iris (Go Noles!).
A good cup of coffee. I really love coffee. There is nothing better than a well-brewed cup of Joe on a cold morning.
The silence after a snow fall. I was born and raised in Florida, so I didn’t come to appreciate the beauty of a snow covered landscape until much later in life. Before the shoveling, after the storm, there is a wonderful moment when the world seems to briefly stop and everything is quiet and calm.
My son’s killer smile. Jimmy’s whole face lights up when he smiles. His eyes dance and if he’s also laughing it’s incredibly infectious.
The sound of my gal pal’s laughter. Speaking of laughter, I LOVE being in a room, or at a bar, with my gal pals and we’re all laughing uncontrollably.
A clean house. Every once in awhile the house is exactly the way I want it to be: the laundry is done (and folded… and put away), the dishwasher is empty, the beds are made, and I just go “ahhh….” This doesn’t happen nearly often enough.
A great romantic movie. If Pride and Prejudice is on TV, I will stop and watch it every time. Mr. Darcy never ceases to intrigue me.
A really good “guy flick”. I also have a weakness for well-made action and adventure movies. I’m a sucker for films like The French Connection, The Dirty Dozen, or any of the Indiana Jones franchise.
Listening to my parents tell stories. I never get tired of hearing about Florida in the 50s or my Dad’s baseball playing days or how my Mom rebelled against the nuns.
A weekend when all my football teams win. This list has expanded from the Florida State Seminoles and the Dolphins to now also include Penn State and NC State. It’s not very often that all these teams all win on the same weekend (especially the Dolphins – come on boys!).