Simple Pleasures

When I was growing up, a television commercial for Van Camp’s pork and beans featured a song that has stuck in my head ever since: 

Life’s simple pleasures are the best, all the little things that make you smile and glow…. 

As corny as the song (and the commercial itself) may have been, it pops into my head with surprising frequency.

Like this morning, for instance. I made myself a cup of coffee, using a single-cup cone filter and pouring steaming water over the grounds therein. Making it that way, and watching as the water descends through the filter, adds to the joy of an already delightful part of my day, my first cup of java.

I had just released both dogs from their overnight crates; they treated me like a hero, bounding with happiness at the mere sight of me, licking my face and begging to have their bellies scratched.

I checked in on Facebook, found a smile-inducing picture of my two children hanging out together, laughed out loud at some other friends’ postings, and caught up on the latest news.

I went to my favorite yoga class and relished not only the sensations the familiar poses create in my morning-stiff limbs but also the company of my classmates. We worked hard together, laughed together, and cheered one another on.

And now I’m sitting at my computer, writing, with the dogs sleeping at my feet. In a while we’ll venture out for a walk with my best friend and her dog. After that, maybe – just maybe – I’ll have time to sit down and read a book for a bit (but only if I finish all my work first!).

Tonight my husband and I will probably get take-out and sip some wine as we make plans for the weekend ahead.

None of those activities is in itself worth writing home about. But each contributes to a deep and abiding sense of happiness. I don’t need elaborate vacations or a fabulous home or a cool car or fancy clothes. I’m pretty content with these tiny treats that pepper most of my days.

That old ad got it right: Life’s simple pleasures are the best, are the best, in all the world.

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Jennifer

Jennifer LaRue Huget, Blogger

Jennifer LaRue Huget was diagnosed with MS in 2001. A freelance writer and children's book author, she lives in Connecticut with her husband, two teenage kids, and two brown dogs. Her website is www.jenniferlaruehuget.com.

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    Moni  Apr 23, 2014 4:20 PM
    Oh I so agree. Learning to take time and appreciate the little things is a true advantage of being forced to slow down.
  • Don   Apr 23, 2014 4:36 PM
    Pretty much the same here anything and everything can denote pleasure but you have to have the right frame of mind. I know people who curse at the smallest of trivially. I have taken to laughing. I need to smile, to laugh to enjoy this wonderful disease, who else gets the chance to see the inside of their bladder, or watch the needle on a lumber puncture (only done that once) We live different lives, some in a wheelchair that's me. Some struggling to hold a job other's waiting for that relapse that may or may not wreck our hopes. We need all of those little gems those golden nuggets, it is them that give us the strength the will and the tenacity and in some cases the audacity to carry on. So grab and enjoy those moments because they may never be our companions again. I am glad you had a good week. I only ever have good weeks, I am allergic to any other kind.
  • wewaf12  Apr 24, 2014 2:49 AM
    What a wonderful blog to wake up to! The appreciation of all things in our lives is very important & sometimes very hard to focus on. Thank you for giving me such an uplifting way to start my day! I will return to this particular blog many times I am sure, it will help on those "bad" days!
  • Marce   Apr 24, 2014 6:46 AM
    Read BIBLE scriptures & write in my journal 1st thing in morning!
  • maryphillipssoriano  Apr 24, 2014 8:41 AM
    Beautiful way to wake up this morning. Reading this and being grateful for all the memories made in my past and look forward to all the new ones to come. MS has its blessings, it makes me grateful for all the little things that make life beautiful. I will be following your blog. I love people that find the joy in life, in matter what life brings.
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    refusetoquit  Jun 24, 2014 9:01 AM
    Huh! So nice to see the simple trivial moments highlighted here. I've never heard of others finding their importance enough to put it in writing. lol It never took much to make me happy BEFORE MS, and even less AFTER MS. I'm usually looked at strange for speaking it. That used to bother me but I don't care anymore that they can't see it. WHAT'S IMPORTANT IS.......I DO. So MANY trivial BEAUTIFUL moments in the day.............being AWARE, keeps me happy. Thanks Jennifer!
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    refusetoquit  Jun 24, 2014 9:01 AM
    Huh! So nice to see the simple trivial moments highlighted here. I've never heard of others finding their importance enough to put it in writing. lol It never took much to make me happy BEFORE MS, and even less AFTER MS. I'm usually looked at strange for speaking it. That used to bother me but I don't care anymore that they can't see it. WHAT'S IMPORTANT IS.......I DO. So MANY trivial BEAUTIFUL moments in the day.............being AWARE, keeps me happy. Thanks Jennifer!
  • Ernest   Feb 6, 2016 6:02 PM
    Its glad to find out someone feel the same way that I do I've always loved that song I look for it on the internet all the time but I always love that song. Everytime I hear I've become the style chicken start to cry.
  • Erick Clark   Jun 15, 2016 11:12 PM
    I'm 57 years old now and that Van Camps commercial jingle never left my mind. I'm currently working with MHANJ and metaphorically use the lyrics to support clients who live with Bi-polar depression, anxiety and a host of other disorders. It's a good reminder to embrace the simple things and simplicity of life.