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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

small pleasures in life

we all have basic needs to survive; food, clothing, shelter... etc. But we also need other things to make us happy, a mental vitamin if you will. things that cheer up your day, these are other than those that make you psychologically healthy and sane, those i list under the basic needs. the small pleasures i mean are like icing on top of a cake. the cherry in your icecream, the anchovies in your pizza (if you like anchovies). they just make you smile. stuff that you really enjoy. here are some of the things that i enjoy

1. having coffee and chocolate with my friends
2. a good book
3. jigsaw puzzles
4. shopping at flea markets
5. playing with my nephews
6. the smell of grass when freshly cut
7. playing video games
8. buying nice smelling things
9. talking to new people (not just on the net)
10.chinese food

these are a few of my favorite things. thank you God for them and all others.

did i mention i love chocolate? and icecream?


  • At 8/10/2005 8:47 PM, Blogger irina said…

    1. Learning a foreign language or just practicing.
    2. Watching a good movie which not only offers me the opportunity to practice a foreign language, but also helps me learn something about life.
    3. Talk to my best friend Hellen. Icecream or not icecream.
    4. Spending time in a foreign country... I feel like a fish in the sea!
    5. Making friends, I think I am addicted.
    6. Blogging. I am sure I am addicted.
    7. Brainstorming on Paul´s blog.
    8. Pot of hot coffee in the morning.
    9. Laughing my heart out.
    10. Exhausting people by my ebullience, lol!

  • At 8/10/2005 9:49 PM, Blogger Paul said…

    Doshar, I believe that life on this planet as we know it without coffee would be impossible.

    Imagine if it were suddenly withdrawn, and that all coffee drinkers were deprived on the same day. We think things are chaos now...

  • At 8/10/2005 10:07 PM, Blogger doshar said…

    irina i will have to borrow some of yours to add them to my list.. 2,5,8,9 how could i have forgotten about them


    why imagine? come over on the first day of ramadan and see how it is for real!! people practiacally sleep walk during the day! it is kind of funny though :)

  • At 8/11/2005 5:19 AM, Anonymous Alaa said…

    I used to volunteer in a youth organization concerned with child rights.

    one day we where playing a game with a bunch of 7-9 years old kids that involved identifying needs, wants, pleasures etc and one little girl insisted that a nice fridge is among her most critical needs, more important than food and shelter.

    ثلاجة جميلة

  • At 8/11/2005 11:49 AM, Blogger M said…

    my favorite things:

    1. first, the "staples": music, books, junk food (chocolate!!!), TV, movies on DVD
    2. shopping, especially when buying things for other people, things that you know they'll love
    3. staying at home and playing with the kids when i should be working
    4. a 3-letter word that also means gender (but only with someone you love)
    5. journaling
    6. staring into space, just letting my mind go blank
    7. enjoying nature
    8. making lists like this, and also making "gratitude lists"
    9. contemplating
    10. discovering about other people
    11. badminton
    12. many many more! i will bore you to tears so i'll just stop here :-)

  • At 8/11/2005 1:03 PM, Blogger Lasto-adri *Blue* said…

    pual: i 2nd doshar on that. come and c the smokers or the coffe addicts 1st day of ramadan here. they would be going like crazy wishing to bang their heads to the walls.. but we are obliged to it.. ;)

    its soo beautiful to remind ourselves everynow and then of the tiny things that make us happy. some how it reniwes our life's energy and our egerness to continue..

    wish you all the best.

  • At 8/11/2005 2:52 PM, Blogger Alina said…

    Oh, I could go on for a day...
    Will quickly mention Coca-Cola, Ice-cream, chocolate, books, rollerblading and a lot more!

  • At 8/11/2005 6:02 PM, Blogger Me said…

    Pizzaaaaa .. one of the "yummies" for me :-D ... and believe it or not-I don't drink coffee at all !!!!!! my morning "cuppa tea" I wouldn't go without :-D.... when I smile at a child in the street and have him waving to me till he's out of sight .. that makes my day.. and loads and loads of other things (including "laughing my heart out"..borrowed from Irina)

  • At 8/12/2005 4:21 AM, Blogger Dalulla said…

    ! wow.. very interesting..My favorite things..reminds me of the movie "the sound of Music"ya doshar.. It was one of my favorite movies ever when i was a kid.

    Some of my personal favs..
    1)Watching my son grow!! (I am obsessed)
    2)Eating shrimp, in any way it is cooked!! I think you forgot to mention your Salmon :-) )
    3)Horseback riding (which i cannot do much of now) :-(
    4)Blogging (I think like Irina, i too have become adicted)
    5)Gaining Love and Respect.. in general.. Loving people and feeling their love for me (if i am lucky enough and have earned it)
    6)making someone smile
    7)I like ice cream, but not just any kind.. I love Baskin Robins, and here in Egypt we have a brand called Hawaii. those are my favs.
    8) ones and friends, and even nicer when they are both around
    9)The sea
    10)puppies and colts
    11)babies..all kinds (I feared after i had my son, i would not be attracted to other kids.. Still the same... I feel all kids are just beautiful (thank God)
    12)You, Doshar, are one of my favorites..

    I thank God for finding so much to like, rather than to hate. It is a blessing. By the way, there are many other things ofcourse, but i also like mj don't want to bore anyone, so will also stop here.

  • At 8/12/2005 5:04 AM, Blogger doshar said…

    i am thankful for everything that makes us happy. couldn't help but notice that edible things are among almost every list! comfort food is indeed true.. :)

    Alaa: nice fridge... yeah, small children have the simplest of dreams. it is enough that they know what they want. hope she gets her fridge one day

    and yes we probably have so much more than a dozen items that make us happy.. our personal pick me ups.

    dalulla: yes, my salmon, how could i forget... would love some right now! and you dalulla are one of my favorites too, and a blessing from God it is to have you as a friend. take care and have fun in Alex.

  • At 8/12/2005 5:55 AM, Blogger Dalulla said…

    Ulysse went fishing.. wished he could have gotten some for u. but i guess we can go get some from coffee roastry or alan le notr or something.. lol

    Food is nice.. i love smoked salmon by the way.. forgot to put that too..funny isn't it? I remind u and forgot myself.. :-)

  • At 8/12/2005 8:01 AM, Blogger luckyfatima said…

    izzay ilhaal? i loved to read such a positive post. it is easy to use our blogs to just rant and rave. maybe we should all make a favorite things list. tell a friend :)

  • At 8/12/2005 9:17 AM, Blogger doshar said…

    lucky fatima; hi. nice to see you here. hope you had a great time in Egypt

  • At 8/12/2005 1:19 PM, Blogger Shirazi said…

    I agree with Fatima. BTW, these small things put togather make big differences. No?

  • At 8/12/2005 8:00 PM, Blogger Twosret said…

    Here is my humble list Doshar

    1- My two girls (saying that 100 times is not enough).
    2- Reading in a bookstore with a freshly brewed cup of coffee.
    3- Marcel Khalifa's music,the nutcracker ballet Christmas time, musical plays, Symphony Orchestra.
    4- Museums.
    5- Professional facial massage followed by complete body massage.
    7- Sashimi and Sushi.
    8-Nile Cruise.

  • At 8/12/2005 10:08 PM, Blogger Paul said…

    Doshar - I never thought about that - ramadan! My last school had quite a large Muslim population, so I saw the kids fasting, but of course they operate without coffee anyway...


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