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The Like list

*Note: this post is part of an Everyday Inspiration 20-day writing prompt program I’m participating in. Today’s Prompt: Write a list of things I like.

tree pose

tree pose

  1. I like lists, and how they help unsnarl the tangle of thoughts and emotions roaring through my brain. How they help distill life down into manageable bits.
  2. I like the minimart owner who greets me every morning with “go get em’ girl!” as I run past at 5:30 AM.
  3. I like rescue dogs and cats and the humans that rescue them.
  4. I like finding typos in published material. Gotcha!
  5. I like crossword puzzles and jigsaw puzzles and how the worries of the day disappear into the little boxes and pieces.
  6. I like pizza, french fries, margaritas, and the discipline I maintain to keep these occasional indulgences from destroying a body I love and work at.
  7. I like catching a glimpse of a little league game unfold just past my train window en route to NYC. It’s like I’m on the bleachers cheering my big bro on, all over again.
  8. I like relenting to the warm, snuggly purrs offered by my lazy cat stretched across my lap. I’ll get to whatever needs getting to later.
  9. I like mama’s who hold their little girl’s hands. And not just crossing the street.
  10. I like pedestrians without ear buds or phones to faces.
  11. I like yoga, running, bicycling, swimming, cartwheeling in the park, kicking a ball, throwing a frisbee, dancing like a dork, anything that requires one to move and have a wonderful time doing it.
  12. I like smiling at my late papa, arms stretched to the Heavens, mid-tree pose in a 90 minute yoga class. I look up, he looks down, assuring me all is well and he is well.
  13. I like a little bit of superstition, and never stopping on the number 13.
  14. I like kissing my husband’s bald head.
  15. I like getting lost in a new city and relying on smiles and hand gestures to find my way back.
  16. I like falling in love with a budding author’s debut novel and sharing it with everyone I know.
  17. I like Great Blue Herons, and if reincarnation is real, I want to return as one.
  18. I like going to bed earlier than your grandmother.
  19. I like getting wiser, even if it means getting older.

What do you like?


5 comments on “The Like list

  1. Greg Weaver says:

    again excellent writing skills, I enjoyed this one alot, thank you baby.

    Greg Weaver 617-987-5609 mobile

    On Mon, Sep 12, 2016 at 9:57 AM, And Pause Here wrote:

    > shannonlynbrady posted: “*Note: this post is part of an Everyday > Inspiration 20-day writing prompt program I’m participating in. Today’s > Prompt: Write a list of things I like. I like lists, and how they help > unsnarl the tangle of thoughts and emotions roaring through my ” >

  2. Lynda Bailey says:

    I think this was one of your best. A great inspiration to focus on the positive and appreciate all the blessings bestowed upon us. Wish I could articulate on paper this wonderful gift you have. You are blessed.

  3. Julie says:

    I love this. I often look to your blog to uplift my spirits and gain a little perspective, maybe yoga incite as well. I’m curious how you currently balance your yoga and running? I am a former runner but stopped running when I realized it was hindering my yoga practice and I decided I would rather focus on yoga. Now a year has passed and I’m ready to get back to running and dedicate myself to both. I just don’t want to suffer with tight hamstrings 😉

    1. Hi Julie! Thank you for your kind words. I’ve run since my teens (I’m 47 now), and have had to scale it waaaay back due to years of pounding and chronic achilles tendinitis that comes and goes. Yoga was my savior, and has helped me with what initially felt like a huge loss (no more marathons, etc), but has since led to a deeper appreciation for all that my body can do. And the irony is I’ve gotten stronger, more flexible, and attained greater equilibrium (both physical and emotional) as a result. I now view running as dessert – when all is well I can enjoy a bit of it in moderation. Too much and I’m not going to feel good. The style of yoga I teach and practice (Baptiste) is a strong draw for runners as it offers a heated, more athletic version than other styles that can help ameliorate some of the inevitable pangs of loss when the body is recovering from injury or overuse issues as a result of running. Hope this helps!

      1. Julie says:

        Thank you for your reply! I will have to try Baptiste style. I haven’t been able to find it in TX, but I’m sure one day it will cross my path. 🙂 I love my current vinyasa flow studio, it is heated too.
        Keep your post coming. I’m loving the 20 days of writing

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