Writing about these things got me thinking about simple but intangible pleasures in my life: impalpable experiences that give me a brief burst of delight, but which might go unnoticed. So, today, I started compiling a list. It’s only 3-long so far but I hope to add to it over time. There is no intrinsic reason why these things should bring me pleasure. They just do. I don’t even want to analyze it. Here’s the list:
- cream in my coffee: I love watching cream as it is poured into coffee. The way the cream folds into the rich, dark liquid, sinking first to the bottom, and then funneling up the sides in an upside-down mushroom shape.
- warmth in the centre of frigidity: have you ever been stuck outside in the dead of winter, with a frigid breeze sucking away all of your body’s warmth. Then suddenly the breeze dies down for a few seconds and it happens right when the sun is shining directly on you? I love that.
- the secret chord: “I heard there was a secret chord that David played and it pleased the Lord” — so goes the Leonard Cohen song. Every once in a while, there is a progression in a musical piece to which I am listening that just blows my mind and fills my chest with excitement.
Today, I am thankful for intangible pleasures.
What are some of your intangible pleasures? Tell me about them in the Comments.