Simple Things ...  

TheQuietGuy2005 54M
3484 posts
10/23/2005 10:25 am

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Simple Things ...

Last weekend, as mentioned elsewhere, I took a short break with a good friend. It was a delightful time too. We did little particularly noteworthy but I enjoyed walking along the beautiful Dorset coast with the sun shining down and the sea breeze blowing away the cobwebs, the chance to chat, to sit quietly in front of a couple of good films ... to do little more than spend time in easy company.

Today, Son of Quiet and I went for a walk through the local woods with another good friend and her dog. The trees were taking on their autumnal colours and the sun shining through the canopy cast entrancing patterns on the ground. Again, nothing earth-shattering but thoroughly relaxing and quietly enjoyable.

And it occurred to me, not for the first time, how these simple pleasures can mean so much. My life, as I've intimated, has not been the easiest of late yet these brief periods of gentle joy can make it all seem so much simpler, can recharge the batteries and give one the strength to battle on.

It's so easy to forget this, I feel, as we strive through our daily lives, working for the next payday, the next success, the next purchase, the next excitement. It's not that the money isn't important - at least up to a certain point - and it's not that ambition isn't worthwhile or that we shouldn't have ambitions, objectives, aims, desires ...

But sometimes we can immerse ourselves in working for the future to the extent that we can overlook the fact that, in reality, all we ever have is NOW, a series of present moments ... and that it's worth lifting our noses from the grindstone now and then to take the simple pleasures that this moment has to offer.

Jx

On a different note, this is my 100th post. I can do what I like here, dear reader, so I'm going to take this opportunity to thank all of you who've been reading so far and whose comments and encouragement have made writing this blog such a positive experience ... and to all of those whose own blogs have been so interesting and inspiring x


brightblonde3 58F

10/23/2005 2:59 pm

Happy 100th to you, and I look forward to the next 100 Q bloggings.

BB3


Wackytits 53F

10/23/2005 3:39 pm

TQ....My Dad once said to me, "Live every day as if it's your last, because one day it will be". Glad to see your enjoying some of those times with Son of Quiet. BTW...Congratulations on your 100th post, may there be many more. xx


PrincessKarma 43F
6188 posts
10/23/2005 4:24 pm

Congrats on #100, Quiet, dear I hope it won't be too long before #200 rolls around.

*HUGS Quiet*

The Big Bang was the mother of all orgasms.PrincessKarma


sweetalyssum 47F

10/23/2005 8:37 pm

Quietly...

The quiet miracles of everyday life are the most soul satisfying ones there are.

So glad you had the renewal...


UnpinAfireFaust 57M

10/24/2005 2:36 am

My thoughts exactly TQG. There were times in my professional life when chaos ruled, that just smiling and making something happen that no one thought possible was very rewarding. BUT....I have always enjoyed the quiet time of the day most. The early mornings with snow falling quietly...the clear skies, stars shining bright of a late desert night. And most recently, just holding the one I love in my arms...saying and doing absolutely nothing but enjoying being together. Is this a good time to mention that being retired works well for me at the moment??

Congrats on the 100th post!!


helga_hansen 49F  
1987 posts
10/24/2005 2:45 am

Jx... congrats on reaching that important milestone. I've let mine slip quietly by... not long now and you'll be overtaking me I also want to thank you for always reminding us of how the simple things in life can be the most rewarding. I value your friendship immensely and am proud to be able to call you my friend.

Hx

Love, hugs and kisses from ♥♥HH♥♥


TheQuietGuy2005 54M
2386 posts
10/24/2005 8:49 am

BB, PrincessKarma ... No pressure, eh? What on Earth will I find to write another 100 pieces about? {breathe ... breathe ... calm} At least Princess had the decency to take off some of the pressure with a nice hug!

Wackytits ... Not a bad way to put it, is it? Certainly sticks in my mind. Glad you've been enjoying my efforts

SweetAlyssum ... You're quite right ... and I'd been forgetting the fact. I can be such a fool sometimes!

Cannon ... Yes, you understand, don't you? Retired, eh? If I could find someone to pay me a nice big pension, I'd be tempted to join you!

Helga ... I noticed you'd slipped past the centenary with no fuss. Sad but true. And ... awwww {wish they'd get that b**@y blush emoticon fixed!} I'm pleased to be called it


GB_Cple 66M/55F  
3042 posts
10/24/2005 11:37 am

We often, more in the summer, go hiking in the wonderful countyside , exploring the beautifull ; Schwaebishe Alb , a region of southern germany where we live, wonderfull mountains and forests , nice in the autumn too, with all the loverly changing colours of the trees ,
relieves the stress of everyday life , and we are always closer to one another when we return home.
Glad you enjoyed your weekend away from it all, and congrats on your 100th !


JJKittyKat 59F

10/24/2005 12:56 pm

Congrats on your 100th post. What you say is very true we all need to take time to appreciate the moment.


hotandhorny107 58F

10/24/2005 12:57 pm

Congrats on number 100 and how fitting it is to be the one that describes the finer side of life. There is truly nothing like getting away and enjoying the simple pleasures of life, whether it be the forest or the beach. Something about being where the physical senses come to life once again and the "real world" disappears for a while is something everyone should partake.


rm_EE407 41F
3903 posts
10/24/2005 2:53 pm

Happy 100....

And you're right.. it's the small stuff in life.. not the big stuff...

Hugz E.


TheQuietGuy2005 54M
2386 posts
10/25/2005 12:15 am

Grrrr ... someone out there has it in for me. I'd already replied to most of your messages once but ... {sigh} off we go again ...

General thanks to all of you for the kind words. I'm glad to know that you're not bored yet!

Georgia ... OI! You could at least pass some over here!

BB3, PrincessKarma, Georgia (again) ... The next 100? Oh, no pressure then? At least Princess offered me a hug!

Wackytits ... That's certainly a memorable way to put it. I'll probably use that one myself now.

Cannon ... Yes, you understand exactly what I mean ... and you've put your finger neatly on one of the reasons I'm TheQuietGuy. Retirement, eh? Oh, I'm counting down the decades until I can join you in that!

GBC ... Being able to share those times with someone else, be it a friend or a partner, can be wonderful, can't it? It does mean you both need to be able to appreciate the same things though!

Hotandhorny ... You're right, it's often about stopping thinking and starting to use the physical senses again, about looking outward rather than inward. I can see it's like a form of meditation now you put it that way and, for me at least, it's a very apt analogy.


TheQuietGuy2005 54M
2386 posts
10/25/2005 12:18 am

Grrrr ... someone out there has it in for me. I'd already replied to most of your messages once but ... {sigh} off we go again ...

General thanks to all of you for the kind words. I'm glad to know that you're not bored yet!

Georgia ... OI! You could at least pass some over here!

BB3, PrincessKarma, Georgia (again) ... The next 100? Oh, no pressure then? At least Princess offered me a hug!

Wackytits ... That's certainly a memorable way to put it. I'll probably use that one myself now.

Cannon ... Yes, you understand exactly what I mean ... and you've put your finger neatly on one of the reasons I'm TheQuietGuy. Retirement, eh? Oh, I'm counting down the decades until I can join you in that!

GBC ... Being able to share those times with someone else, be it a friend or a partner, can be wonderful, can't it? It does mean you both need to be able to appreciate the same things though!

Hotandhorny ... You're right, it's often about stopping thinking and starting to use the physical senses again, about looking outward rather than inward. I can see it's like a form of meditation now you put it that way and, for me at least, it's a very apt analogy.

Helga ... I noticed you'd let your centenary slip by - congratulations to you in your turn for providing one of the most compelling blogs I've come across. As for the other, awwww {wish they'd sort out the bl**dy blush emote!} and I'm glad to be called your friend. Coffee?


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