Daily Archives: August 14, 2013

Wise Words, Good Life

coffee Trollope“Never think that you’re not good enough. A man should never think that. People will take you very much at your own reckoning.”

“Passionate love, I take it, rarely lasts long, and is very troublesome while it does last. Mutual esteem is very much more valuable.”

“For the ordinary purposes of conversation a superficial knowledge of many things goes further than an intimacy with one or two.”

Mr. Trollope, the prolific 19th century novelist quoted above and in the photo, was pretty darn insightful. Wouldn’t you agree?

So, thinking about this: “What on earth could be more luxurious than a sofa, a book, and a cup of coffee?” I agree, sometimes you can’t beat a cozy perch paired with an engaging story capped by a favorite brew—whether steamy-hot or, my preference, iced.

But there is more in life that’s just as luxurious, right? There are other bits that give us pleasure, which are self-indulgent, and make a life good.

For me there’s the following (incomplete) list: eating out, sleeping in a cold room under a warm quilt, naps when there’s no place to be, long walks of solitude, getting a pedicure while in a massage chair, weekend getaways, heartfelt hugs with my daughters, buying something I really want at a bargain price, belly laughing, learning something new about myself and realizing that’s why I’m this way, dessert, a movie that makes me feel and cry, and so much more. These are some of the things that make mine a good life. And when put all together, they make Anthony Trollope’s assertion seem almost lacking.

What do you think? What are the little (or big) bits of life you enjoy most?

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