Tuesday, 25 December 2007

Natural highs

It's now half past midnight on Christmas morning and I still have presents to wrap, chocolate truffles to make, music to organise, and one or two promissory notes for last-minute presents that I just couldn't find in time. I have made a short To Do list for the morning, but in reality, it's just not going to get done in time.

A friend sent me this list of natural highs. The list has done the email rounds many times, but it's even more applicable when the commercial nature of the Christmas retail machine threatens the real meaning of Christmas. I can quite happily say that I'd rather have anything from this list over something bought in a rush just because the giver felt compelled to give something at Christmas.
  1. Being in love.
  2. Laughing so hard your face hurts.
  3. A hot shower.
  4. No queues at the supermarket.
  5. Taking a drive on a pretty road.
  6. Hearing your favourite song on the radio.
  7. Lying in bed listening to the rain outside.
  8. Hot towels fresh out of the dryer.
  9. Chocolate milkshake ... (or vanilla ... or strawberry!)
  10. A bubble bath.
  11. Giggling.
  12. A good conversation.
  13. Finding a $20 note in your coat from last winter.
  14. Running through sprinklers.
  15. Laughing for absolutely no reason at all.
  16. Having someone tell you that you're beautiful.
  17. Accidentally overhearing someone say something nice about you.
  18. Waking up and realising you still have a few hours left to sleep.
  19. Making new friends or spending time with old ones.
  20. Having someone play with your hair.
  21. Sweet dreams.
  22. Making eye contact with a cute stranger.
  23. Holding hands with someone you care about.
  24. Running into an old friend and realising that some things (good or bad) never change.
  25. Watching the expression on someone's face as they open a much-desired present from you.
  26. Getting out of bed every morning and being grateful for another beautiful day.
  27. Knowing that somebody misses you.
  28. Getting a hug from someone you care about deeply.
  29. Knowing you've done the right thing, no matter what other people think.
Buon Natale a tutti!

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