Friday, August 24, 2012

My Favorite Sounds

A practice that I am finding helps me to be more mindful and present in the moment is making lists of my favorite things.  I am finding that as I dwell on favorite parts of my world I am training my mind and heart to see joy all around me. 

Recently, I read One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. This book has been revolutionary in my life.  Voskamp beautifully imparts the power of Eucharisteo, living in a continual posture of gratitude.  As I strive to knead more eucharisteo into my life, I am finding that this small practice of grouping favorite things helps lead me into thankful living.

My 10 Current Favorite Sounds
(in no particular order)

1. "I love you" whispered before I fall asleep
2. My boys playing together

3. Our garage door closing because I know that Eric has parked his bike and is home for the day
4.  Laughter puncturing the dark morning quiet as I do my long run with my bestest girl friend Jen
5. The opening theme song from Downton Abbey.  Pathetic I know, but I am totally obsessed

6. Three and five year old little voices singing the "Jesus Song" (aka Jesus Loves Me) before bed
7.  Coffee brewing
8.  Nap time
9.  Knitting needles clicking
10.Open windows

What are some of your favorite sounds?  Please share with us about the sounds that make you smile!


  1. I always tell my kids that one of my favorite sounds in the whole world is when they say, "Okay, Mom." Of course it's wonderful when they say "I love you," or "You're the best," but getting an "Okay, Mom" with no arguing just puts me (and the whole house) right at ease.

  2. Elizabeth, I totally agree! That is an amazing sound!

  3. Great picks of favorite sounds. I love the Jens laugh on a early morning run made your list.