I've always liked the song "My Favorite Things." "Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens. . ." It's a bright, cheerful song, but even more than that it's a great reminder of the power of simply thinking of things that we like. I know that when I think of things that I like, my thoughts get cheerful and I see the world more brightly. So in honor of the power of the thoughts, I'd like to write down some of the things that I like.
I like cool breezes that make
my skin feel just a bit cold.
I like hot tea on cold days.
I like iced tea on hot days.
I like hearing little kids tell
about things that happened to them.
I like the taste of butter and
honey on english muffins.
I like chocolate. A lot.
I like to lay on the couch with
a good book on a dreary day, and gently drift off to sleep.
I like to hear a really good
song, really loud.
I like the sound of a stream in
the mountains, and the feel of its water.
I like to pet friendly dogs and
feel their energy that they so willingly share.
I like to see my students
"get" something, and I like to see their confidence grow as they
I like to watch funny shows
while I'm eating dinner.
I like to go for long, long
runs on cool days.
I like the feel of cotton
sheets in the summer, and flannel sheets in the winter.
I like nice conversations with
I like, I like, I like. . .
there are many more things I could write, but I'm feeling pretty good right
now. Try it sometime--write down a list of things that you like, and don't
stop until you get at least fifteen or twenty. And then see how you
feel! You'll be amazed at the power of your thoughts to change your