The Best Things In Life Are Free

TGIF!  I am glad that the week is drawing to a close.  It’s been a busy, crazy, hectic week.  They all seem to be like that, though. I am reminded when life gets crazy that sometimes the best things in life are free.

Things like:

Blooming flowers

Blue Skies & Sunshine in San Diego

MY OTHER RECIPES

Skylar’s smile

Walks on the beach together

 

Laughter and recent meetups with friends, Here and Here

I like this little passage.  Maybe you’ll like it, too. 

Eight Gifts That Do Not Cost A Cent (Author Unknown)

1. THE GIFT OF LISTENING…

But you must REALLY listen. No interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your response. Just listening.

2. THE GIFT OF AFFECTION…

Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back and holds. Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for family and friends.

3. THE GIFT OF LAUGHTER…

Clip cartoons. Share articles and funny stories. Your gift will say, “I love to laugh with you.”

4. THE GIFT OF A WRITTEN NOTE…

It can be a simple “Thanks for the help” note or a full sonnet. A brief, handwritten note may be remembered for a lifetime, and may even change a life.

5. THE GIFT OF A COMPLIMENT…

A simple and sincere, “You look great in red,” “You did a super job” or “That was a wonderful meal” can make someone’s day.

6. THE GIFT OF A FAVOR…

Every day, go out of your way to do something kind.

7. THE GIFT OF SOLITUDE…

There are times when we want nothing better than to be left alone. Be sensitive to those times and give the gift of solitude to others.

8. THE GIFT OF A CHEERFUL DISPOSITION…

The easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind word to someone, really it’s not that hard to say, Hello or Thank You.

 

Moving on…

Time to think about a snack.

Maybe Kale Chips are your idea of snacking

Or how about No-Bake Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Bars

Vegan Chocolate & Peanut Butter Chex Mix, i.e. Puppy Chow (No-Bake, Vegan, GF) makes a highly addictive great snack

From my last post about Photo Editing: Before & After, Truths & Trickery, thanks for all the wonderful feedback and your thoughts about the future of photography.  Many of you said that you believe that photography as we once knew it is gone and that everything now is generally manipulated to some extent.

And thanks for the great comments and your thoughts about photo editing, airbrushing, photoshopping, and such as it pertains to celebrities in magazines or in online photos.  Many of you do feel tricked by what you see.  As I said in the post, it takes really having your head on straight and some maturity to realize that the images we see of women in magazines and in the media are not what those women really look like in their real life.  We know this intellectually, but it’s hard to wrap our emotional headspace around it, and fully internalize it.

Thanks for the awesome feedback on the post and thanks to new readers and de-lurkers for chiming in.

Moving on to a Snack/Dessert: No Bake Peanut Butter Vanilla Balls (you can use Almond, Sunflower Seed, or Cashew Butter in them, too)

Questions:

1. Do you think that sometimes the best things in life are free?  What free things in life do you love?

Don’t worry, I know that money is important and we can’t pay our electric bill with smiles and walks on the beach.  I have always said, life is easier with money than without.

But money isn’t everything and it can’t buy and sustain long term happiness, not for me anyway.

So when life gets busy, hectic, chaotic and I am rushing around like a maniac, it’s good for me to stop and smell the roses, look at the bright blue sunny skies, hug Skylar and just watch her smile.  That’s how I decompress, ground myself, and sustain a sense of internal joy.

However, I’m not a Saint.  I admit, buying things on This List or This List would be fun, too. And those things sure aren’t free!

Also my post on Being Grateful & Thankful and remembering to take time to appreciate what we do have, most of which are free things or things that cost nothing, is a good reminder when life gets crazy.

2. Did any of the 1 – 8 items in the passage I posted jump out at you?

For me, #5 compliments!  It doesn’t cost anything to compliment someone.  I wish women wouldn’t be so stingy with complimenting each other. It’s amazing how good you can make someone else feel, and in turn yourself when you see how happy you made the person, by just having something complimentary to someone.  Not fake, of course, but just throw them a little compliment.  And watch their joy. 

Also #7 solitude.  Oh, I need my solitude and alone time and that is probably one of the best free gifts, ever!

3. Weekend plans?

I’m working, spending time with Skylar, running errands, grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, working out, you know, just chillin’ and eating bon-bons on the couch.

55 comments on “The Best Things In Life Are Free”

  1. The best things in life definitely ARE free! Money is just paper.. it doesn’t make or break you! It cannot define who you are! I am flat broke – but HAPPY! :D That is all that matters!!!

    This weekend I get to go see my family in my hometown! Super excited! My 4 and 7 years old nephews are having their FIRST Little League game! hehe

  2. Hi Averie,
    Thanks for sharing the free gift of Sklar’s smile with us everyday AND the free gift of your awesome spirited blog.
    This is entirely unrelated, but I have been meaning to ask you a few questions and just now got the guts.

    1. How would you feel about selling me some of your scoby for Kombucha?
    I live in South Florida…not sure that would work.
    2. What brand/type of food dehydrator do you use (I am sure you have posted about that but I cannot find)

    You have my email address (0:”

  3. What a beautiful post Averie. I think 3, 5 and 6 stood out for me. You’re right the best things in life are free. I think some of my happiest moments are when friends and family are squashed on my couch in my sitting room and everyone is laughing and just having a good time. At these times, I say to myself ” life is amazing”.

  4. No kidding about this week, I’m so ready for it to end! Here we go with the weather bragging again. :-P That’s okay, our weather will be nice soon! Great list of gifts. And great treat recipe inspiration.

    1. Sure, lots of great things are free – friends, family, natural beauty, sex, etc.
    2. Laughter, affection and listening.
    3. Not too many yet, we’ll see how our weather goes.

  5. Wow, Skylar has grown up since last time I saw her. She’s beautiful, Avery! :)

    The best things in life are free: health, sunshine, warmth, love, friends, happiness. :) Great post. Makes me smile.

    LOVE the weather you’re having in SD! SO JEALOUS!

  6. Every week I think, “Next week won’t be so busy” and it’s always so crazy! I can’t imagine doing this plus being a mom. I now call my mom, who had three kids, a husband, a house, worked full time AND went back to school to get her masters and say “How the HELL did you do that?!?!” Gives me such respect for you working moms :)

    I have plans to continue to move this weekend. Oy! I can’t wait until the first week in April. I’m also taking a yoga workshop and cannot wait!

    I definitely agree with solitude – love my me time. And the compliment and disposition parts. So true and easy! My dad always said “Manners are free.” Totally stuck with me.

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  8. How quickly we forget this, that the best things are free!! Always good to be reminded!

  9. The best things in life are also not measurable :)

  10. Number 8 stood out the most to me. It is so easy to be cheerful and happy and positive, and I don’t know why more people don’t be that way!!!

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  12. I really enjoyed that list of free gifts — too bad the author is unknown; I would like to compliment him/her. :) You are right: the best things in life ARE free. At least, money sure can’t buy happiness. It can provide a lot of luxuries but can’t fill any emotional needs or voids, which is something every human needs satisfied. Enjoy your blue skies and bonding time with your angel!

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