Celebrating the Simple Things

By Nancy Stoops

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

Nancy Stoops M.A., M.F.T Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

I believe each day that we have the honor of being alive is call for celebration.  Every morning as I awake and see the sun rising and filling the sky with majestic colors I am reminded of how lucky we are.  As I step out in the morning with Midnight my therapy dog I feel blessed for his friendship and for the health that we both have.  As we start our walk through our wonderful community I am proud to be part of it and I enjoy the morning song of the birds around us.  As we walk I enjoy the trees and flowers that represent life in the neighborhood.  Midnight and I are greeted by the other daily walkers with a friendly smile and warm hello.  It’s so nice to be part of such a wonderful neighborhood filled with such lovely people.  Sometimes the other dogs will visit with Midnight as we make our way through our neighborhood and that makes Midnight a very happy soul.

I think the feeling of the sun on my face is just magical.  The fragrant plants and flowers are intoxicating and so very delightful.  Swimming or floating in water has always been very freeing for me.  Laughter truly is the best medicine and I think we all could do a lot more of it.  Looking up at a night sky filled with stars and a full moon can be an experience that provides a wonderful kind of solace. Just hanging out with my grandson is fabulous.

These simple things I speak of don’t cost any money but are literally priceless.  I think if we all take time to appreciate the simple things that are so wonderful in our world we will be more positive.  I think then we will not dwell so much on what is wrong but focus on what is right!

This article was written by Nancy Stoops M.A., M.F.T.  Nancy is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  She has a private practice in Diamond Bar and is currently accepting new clients; she is also a motivational speaker who can inspire your employees or group members.  Nancy runs free family support groups, a group on loss for seniors, and groups on how to manage anger.    For more information about any of these services feel free to contact her at 909 229-0727.  You may e-mail Nancy at nancyjstoops@verizon.net.  You may purchase Nancy’s books Life Heal and Grow and Midnight the Therapy Dog at Amazon.net.