Enjoy every sandwich #1

Because Gala Darling is so cool (as my first blog crush she holds a special place in my heart) I am joining in on  her ‘Things I Love Thursday’ ritual, my version is called ‘Enjoy every sandwich’.  It’s something Warren Zevon said shortly before he died.  And he wrote ‘Werewolves of London’.  What a dude.

I like ‘Enjoy every sandwich’ because while it can be about the moments of delight in our lives it also conjures up gratitude for those things we take for granted, the neutral experiences that we don’t appreciate until they’re gone.

So today I am going to appreciate the things I take for granted like # being healthy, I know this sounds cliched but when I think about the last time I was really sick it was so AWFUL and I couldn’t do anything but writhe on the couch, no reading, no watching TV, no thinking about ideas or interesting stuff, just variations on inward and outward groaning # living in safe place with all my basic needs well and truly met, indeed living in luxury relative to much of the world’s population (check out a great post at Raptitude about this) # little puffs of cool breeze on a hot day # cherries for dessert, better than chocolate, seriously # on the cherry note, living in a place with not only abundant food, but an incredible array of different (and nutritious) foods # looking forward to the wedding of someone I love # and finally one hedonistic pleasure, so as not to go too ‘whiskers on kittens’ on you, the delicious patent red 60′s style pumps I got a couple of days ago, they make me want to hang around in a shift dress with a cigarette holder (though not actually smoking…)!

The Buddhist meditation class I go to made me really think about the fact that being healthy and having your basic survival needs met are such lucky and wonderful things, since once these are taken care of it becomes much easier to ponder the big questions in life.

How about you? Are there some ‘neutral joys’ that need a little love in your life?

7 comments to Enjoy every sandwich #1

  • Hi Kylie, thanks for the shout-out. I love the idea of “Enjoy every sandwich.” I have a similar pair of rituals that keep me from straying too far from a mindfulness in my day-to-day life. Every time I do one of two things, I remember to come back to the present from wherever my mind has wandered: 1) Opening doors, and 2) Sitting in chairs.

    A side-effect of becoming mindful of these things is that I actually enjoy them. Seriously, I love sitting in a chair now. There’s so much going on in the body if you’re watching for it.

  • Kylie

    My pleasure David, I love Raptitude – your posts are always so intelligent and insightful, lots of substance (something often lacking in blogs).

    Mindfulness is amazing when you can get to that place, I must say I often find it difficult. I meditate most days which is hugely beneficial, but I think using a trigger is a great idea, something that brings you back to stillness and presence (I have just finished “The Power of Now”, you can probably tell!) during the day when it is so easy to get totally swept up in the frantic motions of the mind. I think I’ll try your door idea, plenty of those during the day!

    Thanks for noticing my fledgling blog!

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