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Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Coffee, Campari...

I was standing at the coffee machine, beginning to write a shopping list in my head of what I needed to buy today, and it began "Coffee, Campari..."
I was struck with a wave of gratitude, how lucky I was to have a shopping list like that. It represents luxury, it indicates great enjoyment. It's what I WANT not NEED, and I am grateful I can get both without really needing to forego something else as a result.

So in a fleeting post, I wanted to remind everyone (myself most of all), how BIG some of the smallest things are.

Linking this old post with #MLSTL because I think this is an important message for these times. Focus when you can on the little things right in front of you. (and we all know toilet paper is on that list. Seriously, now that they're mentioning easing restrictions, can you jerks stop buying all the toilet paper!!)

23 comments:

  1. Too true. I'm very concious of the fact that although we will miss certain things- property being a big one- we do have a roof over our heads and can afford little indulgences. It's all about perspective.

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  2. Oh yes. I'm often embarrassed by my shopping list. I'm not working at the moment so really should tighten my spending belt but still find myself only buying scotch fillet (instead of eye fillet) steak, chicken breasts etc...

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  3. Love this and it is so very true. I had almost a year where I was unable to digest anything more than green smoothies. Now that my meds are sorted and my diet isn't so limited, I'm opting for top quality when I can afford it.

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  4. Yes! It's easy to pine for what we can't have, but just as easy to take our luxuries for granted.
    For a short post, this one's got a kick to it, Lydia.

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  5. So very true. I just heard on the radio that there are 60 million people around the world who are displaced - running away from terror in their home. We are so very fortunate, aren't we?

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  6. Such wisdom in such few words Lydia. We are all very lucky and should be thankful every day :)

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  7. It's these small moments of reflection that help us understand how lucky some of us are. Don't forget to credit yourself with the hard work and sacrifices that have contributed to getting there though. Nothing comes easy, but boy it feels great to know you did it! Mel xx

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  8. What a lovely reflection! I need to be more grateful for the little things that may be little to us but could be massive to someone else.

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  9. Oh I love shopping lists that are want not need!!!!

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  10. When my worry last night was how long it would take for my
    Electric blanket to heat up my bed was... I know I am lucky

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  11. It's moments like this that make you appreciate what you have :)

    By the way, I'm totally visualising some kind of coffee/Campari cocktail creation!

    #TeamMM

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  12. True this. Sometimes it's the little things! #multitaskingmummy

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  13. Now, that's a good shopping list.

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  14. So true! We are so very fortunate and it's always good to be reminded, so thank you! #TeamLovinLife

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  15. It's nice when we have realisations like this!

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  16. A beautiful perspective on life. It is those seemingly little things in our lives and being able to appreciate just how damn lucky we are to be in a position to be enjoying them right now. Really needed to read this little pick me up after a loonnnggg day!

    SSG xxx

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  17. Oh absolutely Lydia. I was emailing some close friends the other day and mentioned that I'm currently earning in a week what I used to earn in a day. And yet - because I was unemployed for a while - find I appreciate the money sooooo much more than I once did.

    I had to contemplate applying for another job recently and reminded myself of the fact I'm so fortunate to currently have free time AND interesting work. It's not a long-term thing but I need to make the most of it while I have it.

    Thanks for the reminder. x

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  18. This message never loses it's value, Lydia so thanks again for the reminder. There are many small things in life that we usually take for granted, however, at the moment we have the time to really focus and appreciate what we do have. Thanks for sharing at #MLSTL and take care. xx

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  19. I'm very aware of how fortunate we are and feel grateful every day. #MLSTL

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  20. It's funny Lydia - I said exactly that to Sue today on Messenger because I had my first "bought coffee" since self isolation today - sitting at the beach with my husband under a tree in the shade - a small pleasure that seems much bigger atm - and I was grateful indeed.
    Thanks for linking up with us at MLSTL and I've shared on my SM 😊

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  21. You can always find a post to resonate and take into account the realistic conditions we now face. I have given up my daily coffee ...I started getting takeaways to bring home then heat up and it really wasn't what I liked. So, saving money AND making a strong concoction of coffees from what I have here. Denyse #mlstl

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  22. So true. Right now I do have the luxury of "making a list" to go shopping. I might not find all of the things I want, but at least I can make that list and look. I'm astounded by all of the lines I see of people waiting to get food from food banks. And sad that so many families either had one income or even if they had two, both are affected by it. And I'm angry by a system that can't meet our needs. My husband applied for unemployment benefits 4 weeks ago and hasn't seen his first check yet. Luckily I'm still working (from home) and getting OT, otherwise we'd be in big trouble and might be in that line waiting for food from the food bank.

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  23. Yes. I've never felt more blessed than at a time like this, when for some people even one meal a day is a luxury.

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