What Are Your Favourite Things?

What Are Your Favourite Things?

“raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
brown paper packages tied up with strings
these are a few of my favourite things…”

– Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music

I love this song from the classic musical The Sound of Music! I sing it to cheer myself up when I need cheering and to remind myself of my blessings. Every time I sing it I end up wondering what my favourite things are.

Oh I can think of things, like enjoying a cup of coffee with my daughter. (I remember when I was younger and my mother couldn’t wait until I started drinking coffee. I didn’t understand it at the time, but I do now.) And I can think of things like eating my breakfast outside on the back patio in the early-morning freshness of a summer morning, my husband smiling and soaking it all in with me. I think of a Saturday morning touring garage sales with my son. And of course, any time the four of us were together was cause for a celebration – my all time favourite thing.

But none of these are actually “things”. They’re rituals. So I dug deeper.

Books! I love it when I have a great (thick) book of fiction on the go – just knowing it’s waiting for me, ready whenever I have time to curl up with it and enjoy. I love preparing for a dinner party, or any kind of entertaining.

These aren’t things either. They are anticipations.

What are my favourite things? Okay, I’ve got a few:

  • The blue opal silver ring I bought on my trip to Greece with my daughter
  • The carved wooden dolphin pendant my son bought for me in Cuba
  • Pewter-framed photos of my family sprinkled across my desk
  • A tall cool glass of iced-coffee either at home or at any cafe, preferably at an outside table
  • The fresh smell of laundry coming off the clothesline
  • New journals, waiting to capture the next chapters of my life
  • The smell of fresh-cut grass in the summer, and the fragrance of the forest in the fall

What are your favourite things, anticipations, rituals?

photo credit: Parvin

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About The Author


I am passionate about writing and community building. I’ve written a book about healing and happiness, The Happy Place, as well as a Community Building book, Sounding the Drum: Community Building in the Digital Age, now available at any Amazon store. I’ve been through life changes that I thought were the end of my world, but I’m still here. I never know what will happen next. Isn’t that what makes life interesting?