Yesterday morning I sat watching some whales do the tail and fin thing as they swam the length of the beach. I’d brought my coffee back to a seat at The Loo With A View and was gazing out to sea when I saw the first blow not far past the shark net buoys.
As others cottoned onto what was happening only a couple of hundred metres off shore, more and more people stopped what they were doing. They stopped swimming, they stopped walking, they crossed the road from the shops and coffee shops. Cars pulled over to see what everyone else was looking at, kids pointed, adults stared.
For those few moments we stopped and we were in the moment – regardless of what else was going on. We were all watching the whales and everyone was awed.
I’ve been completely moved by the whale migration this year. We didn’t see much from shore of the northern migration, but they tend to come in closer on their way back down south. Sometimes it’s just a tell-tale blow or a splash where there are no boats that give them away, sometimes it’s the curve of the body as they dive over and down, sometimes it’s the flash of the tail or the wave of a fin. It never ceases to make me just stop and watch. They’re totally amazing creatures and seeing them fills me with complete peace.
It’s the same on those days when the dolphins are about. Sometimes I feel that seeing them it’s a sign that no matter what other crap is going on in the world, these magnificent mammals are out there – so everything can’t help but be ok.
Anyways, the feeling from this morning stayed with me through the whole of the work day that followed. It got me thinking about the other things that bring me pleasure – often fleeting moments of pleasure, but pleasure none the less.
Once I started writing, I forced myself to stop at 30 although I could have gone on…and on…and on…and that’s a good thing…right?
- Early morning walks
- The welcome from my dog when she hasn’t seen me for a few minutes/ since last night/ since this morning/ since I came back from dropping rubbish in the bin
- Doggy smiles
- The flash of colour from a rainbow lorikeet
- The early morning warble of a magpie
- The smell of jasmine when the sun hits it
- Watching the sun come up
- That silvery sparkly look of the ocean when the sun is on it – when it looks as though a million diamonds have been sprinkled across the top of the blue
- Taking my bra off at night
- The bubbles in sparking mineral water
- Having a pee when you’ve been holding on for what seems like ever
- That smudge of new green in the Spring
- Jacaranda flowers on the horizon
- Jacaranda flowers when they drop and carpet the lawn
- Autumn leaves – I miss autumn leaves
- The crackle of frost on a blue day – yep, miss this now too
- Bees on lavender and rosemary bushes
- Fresh sheets
- Shaved legs and fresh sheets
- Clean hair after being on the beach
- The smell of sparklers
- Writing my name in the air in sparklers
- Writing the name of the one I love in the air in sparklers
- Blowing bubbles
- Popping bubbles
- Popping bubble wrap
- Seeing a dragonfly
- Making a wish on a dandelion
- That first sight of the ocean as I come over the hill from Buderim Rd to Mooloolaba Esplanade every morning
- Walking on the beach, in the water, after work and feeling the wind and the salt whip away the day
What are the little things that do it for you?
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