In a world so fraught with awful news, I wanted to post a list of things I find comforting. Most of these comforts are free. They require no travel, no money, no huge effort. The only requirement is slowing down and paying attention.

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The cat’s low purr.
The smell of coffee.
Warm chocolate chip cookies.
Runner’s high.
My dog’s soft, expressive ears.
Puppy smell.
Guinea pig squeaks.
Trees arching overhead creating a beckoning tunnel.
The sweet smell at the top of my daughter’s head.
Children playing in the distance.
A swaddled newborn in the crook of my arm.
Hiking in a quiet forest.
Ice water after hours of gardening.
The African Violet blooming after two dormant years.
Sitting at the base of a tree and listening.
Birds calling to each other.
A green field dotted with yellow wildflowers.
Barbecue smell wafting in over fresh cut grass.
A fish in cool water.
Thoughts settling and slowing down during meditation.
Taking that afternoon nap.
Phone calls from best friends.
Crying with a friend who isn’t afraid of my tears.
Finishing a good book, holding it to my chest.
Writing through tears.
The way my husband rocks back and forth when he’s thinking.
A kiss on the neck.
Unlacing shoes & peeling socks off of tired feet.
A good foot massage.
Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks.
A kitten falling asleep in the crook of my neck.
That first sip of a cold beer.
The cool breeze at the end of a hot day.
A soft sweater on chilled shoulders.
Crickets singing outside the bedroom window as I drift to sleep.
The dog’s toenails tapping on hardwood floor.
My mother’s slippers tap-dragging through the house.
My father’s dress shoes clicking through the hall.

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