About mid-February the world turns to thinking about love. Hearts, cupids, candy, chocolate and expressions of affection abound. As much as I love my friends and family, there is another kind of love I thought I would celebrate this week: the love of things going smoothly. These simple pleasures can truly make my heart sing.
Here are a few examples of…
“I Love It When…”
♥ I need to put something away, and I know exactly where it goes, and the storage spot is easy to access and not overcrowded, and I can put the item away in two seconds.
♥ It suddenly occurs to me that I might have forgotten to do something, but when I check, I realize that I actually took care of it and just forgot that I did.
♥ I fill in the boxes on my “to do” list. Better yet, when I realize that I’ve filled in all the boxes for the entire day.
♥ I drop off donations, especially when I see someone immediately pick them up to take back to their home; the ultimate “win-win.”
♥ I am searching for an item I thought I had (e.g. an ingredient for a recipe), but I can’t find it, so I realize I’m going to need to dash out and get it, and I start trying to figure out how/when I’m going to do that… and then I find it.
♥ I pull into the crowded parking lot at Costco just as someone is exiting a spot near the front door. Particularly when it is cold or raining.
♥ I place a special order in a restaurant, and then the food arrives and it is exactly what I asked for.
♥ I enter the airport and see that there is nobody in the security line.
♥ I am told that the wait at a restaurant is going to be 40 minutes, and then they call me in five minutes.
♥ I get in my car and see that whoever last drove the car filled the gas tank.
♥ I’m trying to decide whether to finally part with an item that I’ve been conflicted over, and then see that it is stained or broken or damaged, and I feel like I’ve been given permission to let it go.
♥ I hit two or more green lights in a row, especially if I’m in a hurry.
♥ I wake up before my alarm.
♥ I’m swamped with work and a meeting gets canceled.
♥ I need to replace batteries or a light bulb and I have the exact size I need.
♥ I realize the days are getting longer.
♥ I have no voice mails.
♥ My desk is completely cleared off.
♥ I make progress against a task that I’ve been putting off dealing with, even if it is just one tiny little step.
♥ I have no red alerts on my phone’s home screen.
♥ I finally remember something I’ve been trying to recall.
♥ I wake up and work/school is delayed due to weather.
♥ I renew my driver’s license and the photo isn’t awful.
♥ I have a list of errands to do and I’m able to accomplish them all without any unanticipated problems.
♥ A repairman or installer shows up at the time I was told to expect him.
♥ I have been sitting next to someone who is coughing or sneezing and I don’t get sick.
♥ The garbage man kindly takes away something I wasn’t sure was “allowed.”
♥ I receive positive feedback about something I did.
♥ I find something that I thought I had lost.
♥ I go looking for an item and it just where it I thought it would be.
♥ I master a new technology-related skill. (For some reason, this makes me feel like I’ve climbed Mount Everest.)
♥ My computer updates but doesn’t cause any problems or require me to figure out a new way of doing things.
♥ Someone I don’t know sees my name and pronounces it correctly. (I always compliment them, as my name is tricky.)
♥ My hiccups stop.
♥ I’m making a big dinner and everything is ready at the same time.
♥ Anyone in the house – other than me – makes a bed, empties the trash, empties the dishwasher or replaces the toilet paper.
♥ I go to a concert and the artist sings the songs I know and like.
♥ I am able to pay for something with exact change, especially if it is all coins and then I feel like I haven’t really spent anything.
♥ I am on vacation and realize I packed well.
♥ I need to buy something, and my husband says, “I’m going out. Do you need anything?”
♥ I ask someone to put something away… and they do.
♥ It is Sunday, and I don’t feel guilty about doing nothing.
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What little “loves” would you add to this list?