I was just out on the balcony watching children rolling down the incline that is part of the green space behind our apartment building. I love watching children play – they remind me of all the simple joys I experienced myself as a child growing up in rural Newfoundland. We had so much fun! Life really is all about the simple pleasures, isn’t it? And how unfortunate it is when we allow the days to become a grind. Admittedly, it is damned difficult to notice all the small blessings when you are in the midst of a proverbial storm. But today was a good day (and really, most of them are – trials and tribulations not withstanding). I woke up around 5 a.m. the sky was dark and there was just a faint line of red on the horizon. It was nice to greet the dawn and wonder what the day might bring. As most of you know, I work in the local library and you never know who will walk through the doors, or what pleasant surprises you may encounter. Children feature in many of mine – they are just so honest and often very, very funny. At any rate I just wanted to share my thoughts and this photo I grabbed of the lightening skies as a new day dawned. Wherever you are and whatever you may be experiencing, I hope you recognize the small blessings and the simple joys.

Breaking dawn, a new day to celebrate life

11 thoughts on “A new day, a new dawn: simple pleasures

    1. I am so glad for you – counting our blessings is not always easy, especially when life is bogging us down with issues and pain. Yet, even then, recognizing we are blessed always makes us feel better. At least, that’s my take on it.


  1. So true Carol. Your words and your description are lovely. For me, yesterday it was the rowan tree. Just such a beautiful tree, and though I can only imagine it, it gave me great oleasure. And the hirses passing by, which of course I could hear. Amazing. I so agree about children. Nthey can be so funny too, as you say. Have a blessed day Carol, though I do not know at what time you will read this.

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    1. Thanks so much. I work most days so it’s usually late in the afternoon or in the evening when I get a moment to log on. You’re so very kind. I hope you’ve been enjoying this day as well.


  2. I didn’t realize that you worked at the library. It’s a small world sometimes. I used to work at the library too. Also, like you, I love watching children play. It is such a joy to be around them. There is something so wonderful about their energy. A couple of weeks ago or so, I was walking by a schoolyard and some boys of around 12 years old or so were right by the fence that encircled the yard. Out of the blue, one of them suddenly grinned at me, put his hand up to the fence, and high-fived me. I high-fived him back, and then, one by one, each of his friends high-fived me too. Those boys will never know it, but they made my day. So Carol, thank you for this lovely post, including the photo of dawn about to break. What a lovely sight for you to wake up to. ❤


    1. Aw, this was such a nice comment to read. Thank you so much. Yes, I have worked at the library here nearly five years now. I thoroughly enjoy working with the public and children are so very wonderful and sweet. I loved reading about your high fives. That would make my day too.

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