Only Six?!

That faint foot flurry you hear is me racing with a list of “Six Things That Make Me Happy”.  I haven’t done one of these lists in quite a while, but since the request came from Donald Swarbrick, my favorite Scotsman, how could I say “no?”

1.  My three kids, listed together but with unique ways of creating joy in the lives of those around them.

2. Creating… with words, my voice, on my keyboard or with a camera lens.  Not so much in the kitchen, although we’ve come up with some inventive pasta cuisine this sports season…

3. Being outdoors. A day spent inside feels only half-lived.

4. Traveling.  Discovering people and places remains one of my biggest thrills.

5. Kindness. I like to see people being good to one another without expectations:  letting a waiting car into traffic, finding the words to encourage, stooping to retrieve what someone else has dropped…  Observing such behaviors makes this world seem a nicer place in which to live.

6. Random Blessings ~Like the older gent at the grocery store last night who paused as he shuffled past in the cereal aisle to blow me a kiss.  It made me smile.  I’m still smiling -and hoping he will be especially blessed on this day.

Incidentally, Donald’s tales of his commercial fishing days off the coast of Scotland are compelling and well outside what most of us have personally experienced.

My list of six “click-worthy” sites who may (or may not) choose to participate are: “My Journey” (jungle trekking in Malaysia), “Intrepid Ideas” (frequent continent-hopper), “Running Over 50” (who shares my addiction to physical fitness),  “Nature Shows and Dreams” (talented photographer, writer and nature lover), “My Fitness Hut” (Mark may have 6 work-out tips to make you happy!),  and “Lazy Blogger” (I know… ask a “lazy” blogger to come up with a list?  Not sure he’s even home from his latest adventure yet, but there are some great photos on his site!)

10 Comments to Only Six?!

  1. Hi Heather, your answers were well worth waiting for,
    The children, YES they always give pleasure to make up for the trials they bring. ha ha.
    Creating, well you certainly have created a wonderful blog, and as for cooking, I could give you a few tips.
    As for the outdoors, I need say no more on that pleasure as you are already reading my adventures, (thank you) and know my thoughts on that.
    Kindness, yes I always thought you were that sort of person.
    As for number six, I am glad you liked the kiss I threw you as I shuffled down the aisle. LOL. Only joking, but I would have if I could, if only for the lovely things you said about me, so as I cannot do it in person, I will send a {{{BIG HUG}}} to you instead.
    Take care, as good people are scarce.

  2. Nice. And thanks for the mention.

  3. Yes, the biggest asset of 6 things to love most are growing children. I am the walking proof of it. And now, all on my own, I can only affirm this again and again.

    Certainly, being able to travel is priceless. Helping others for a nice thank you, a big smile or a thrown kiss is most rewarding of that list of most loved things.

    I have not heard of a person enjoying cooking and spending hours busy with writing on the PC at home, equally. It is just about impossible to do both well enough without help.
    Not even without kids and a family. ..
    This does not mean that a writer might not love to cook. However, it takes up all energy to be creative with articles, homepages or blogs for the Internet.

  4. Thanks for the mention.
    A day spent inside feels only half-lived, but I can’t help it, for the reason to earn a living.
    Will be lifely, only, at weekend.

  5. Donald: Thanks for the hug and for all the wonderful sea stories!
    Bartolomo: You bet, sir!
    Gabriele: You explain the cooking thing so well! I think you’re right. One will always suffer for the other. ~And when one’s children have multiple activities, they really just want to eat something healthy in between practices and school! Occasionally my daughter and I have time to cook together. That, I like…
    Rainfield: That will never do! I will qualify my statement by saying that I enjoy what I do when I’m inside, there’s just this innate pull to the outdoors. I know you understand that. Thank goodness for windows, huh?

  6. Heather ~ You may not know this but I don’t really do MEME’s, but you are just so darn nice… I am going to do this ONE just for you. (don’t tell anyone… or I might lose my LAZY status!
    1) God
    2) Family
    3) Home
    4) Friends
    5) Travel
    6) Photography and (oh yes… I almost forgot… shuffling past younger ladies in the cereal aisle in the super market and blowing them a KISS!) 🙂 ~ jb///

  7. It’s glad to know you more, Heather.

    When I read your list, I can feel a kind, creative and sweet lady. So nice to know you!

  8. Dear LAZY: Me neither, ha (Donald is also very nice)! Hopefully, a few of my readers will click on over to your site and enjoy those photos of Mesa Verde. And thanks for the cyber kiss (one’s flying right back at ya)…
    Thank you iWalk. I started reading your blog shortly before that terrible earthquake and remember your heart showing so clearly in the posts that followed.

  9. I’ve been thinking about this for the last few weeks however, just can’t figure out how I want to ask so I can answer my own question and understand my own thoughts and needs.

    Dorothy from grammology

  10. 6 seem a little but they are those things that make sense of any person’s life!

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