How Do You Eat an Elephant? One Bite at a Time.

This post simply consists of a longish list of small things that have been lifting my spirits over the last little while. A kind and gentle reminder that despite everything unfolding around us, some remarkable things are still experienced on a daily basis, you need only to notice them.

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Magnolia flower
  • Giving yourself goosebumps when you sneeze.
  • Feeling the warmth of the summer breeze on bare legs.
  •  Getting a call from someone the moment you were thinking of calling them.
  • Eating a childish meal because you’re an adult.
  • Walking in the middle of an empty street otherwise busting with traffic.
  • Salted butter.
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  • Eating an ice cream cone without getting sticky fingers because you’re well-practiced.
  • The sound of birds chirping in the afternoon sun.
  • Watching neighbours do balcony workouts, sometimes joining in.
  • Just looking at a crisp freshly ironed white shirt, no need to even put it on.
  • Getting tears in the corners of your closed eyes from facing the sun.
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  • Having a conversation in your head and not having to apologise to yourself for interrupting your last thought.
  • Fresh flowers.
  • Flicking through a cookbook for the first time.
  • Making faces in coffee froth.
  • Spring cleaning your wardrobe and forgetting you had all those lovely clothes.
Flowers and converse
Flowers and converse
  • Seeing a rabbit prancing in the grass on an evening stroll.
  • Cats sunbathing.
  • Cutting into a fresh loaf of sourdough bread to marvel at “the crumb”.
  • Opening the freezer and seeing the ice cream you forgot you bought last week.
  • The moment you gain consciousness after a long sleep but your eyes aren’t ready to open.
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  • The taste of garlic lingering in your mouth after having enjoyed some homemade pesto.
  • Clean sheets.
  • Appreciating being able to breathe out of both nostrils when you don’t have a cold.
  • Scraping the sides of the half-empty Nutella jar with a tiny spatula.
  • Unsolicited acts of neighbourly kindness.