These are troubled times. Little doubt about that.
But it’s the holidays, and there are blessings to consider. To wit: somehow a copious supply of brown liquors slipped through the global supply chain chokehold and now sits primly and gaily on the backlit shelves of my pub. This eases my troubled mind. There are other things too. Allow me to offer a list of things that I’m immensely grateful for. Not the usual list of friends, family, and health, all of which I certainly am immensely grateful for, but instead some of the smaller, lesser noticed marvels that make up my daily life.
It’s trite perhaps, but it’s in the noticing of these little miracles that, while perhaps not the things that make life worth living, do seem to be the things that remind us of how sweet it can be when we most need it.
So, without irony, or any reference whatsoever to a treasured musical, these are a few of my favorite things:
Brown paper packages tied up with string (sorry, just had to get that one out there, I’ll stop now)
Snow falling on the trees, bathed in winter sunlight in the 100 Acre Wood behind the house
The rock n roll rush I get every single time I hear the opening cowbell and guitar riff to Honky Tonk Women “I met a gin-soaked, bar-room queen in Memphis”
Breakfast burritos with avocado in them
A nap with no interruptions (all the more alluring for their utter rarity)
Watching Steph & Draymond play basketball
A crisp, yet complex IPA poured from a 16 oz. can into a pint glass
New York City
New York Super Fudge Chunk
Feel free to share your own list in the comments!