Sitting around a fire with cold brews and family and playing guitar with my brother. Doesn't get better than that for me.
Cooking dinner for my wife.
Taking a deep breath at the top of a mountain after a rewarding hike. Campfires and camp breakfast. Surf fishing on Hatteras Island, and getting there in my dad's old F150.
Giving to a family in need. Drinking my friend Kurtis' latest home brew.
Realizing I've chosen the perfect bottle of wine for dinner. Coming home to a clean house. Relaxing in hot tubs and swimming pools.
Bringing a project to completion and knowing I did it well. Watching a clay pigeon turn to dust from a perfect shot. Making the perfect cup of coffee. Treating friends to an enjoyable night out. Putting a razor edge on my knife.
My 4 S's.
So many things in my life to enjoy and be thankful for!
- Fire, especially if I made it myself.
- The feeling after an exhausting session of block climbing.
- Running in the forest. Actually, I like it even more when I stop.
- My girlfriend when she tells me unexpected, surprising (in a good way) things.
- My girlfriend anytime.
- Telling a good joke which make everyone around me laugh.
- Sharing a smile or a laugh with a total stranger for whatever reason.
Sunlight from a clear mountain sky.
Skiing down fresh fallen snow.
The sound of Yellowstone, without the cars.
Listening to a toddlers laugh.
Great cup of tea.
Evening with friends.
Being alone with God.
Holding my wife in my arms.
The things that bring joy in my life is playing the guitar, making people smile, a good glass of beer or a good scotch and having a laugh with my friends.
And ofcourse throwing a party, I'm good at it, all my friends tell me 'nobody can throw a party like you can, bro!' and I guess they're right, but then, my birthday is in the summer and the weather's always great around my birthday.
And the thing that brings the most joy in my life is making a crying person happy, I love to make people feel great again!
-letting a well crafted chord ring
-getting a jazz combo to the point where everyone is really groovin' along, where all the musicians just feed off what the others are doing
-a successful dinner, from the cooking to the dessert
Waking up in a tent
Sand in the morning
Pub meal with a beer (no matter how bad it tastes its always good)
Beer and Campfires
Seeing my dog when i get home
My girlfriends gumby smile\half asleep face when i leave for work
Nature: good weather, bad weather- weather that makes me feel something- makes me feel alive. The sun coming up on Lake Michigan or a strong, cold wind blowing through the city.
Fresh cut grass in the summer. Or all the trees and their smells in July when it's hot and humid and you just want to die from sweating so much. But that's what makes life worth living isn't it?
Talking with my best friends, bantering back and forth for hours on end, talking about the most mundane things to the most personal.
And of course women... Well, a girl that loves me as much as I love her. Knowing that someone loves you is the best feeling. It's the one thing that's been missing from my life for a while, but I remember how sweet it was. I'll have it again someday.
That, in a nutshell, is what brings me joy.
A warm smile.
Good conversation - over wine or a beer and meal with good friends.
Accounts that balance.
Money in the bank.
Sleep surfing for 30 minutes just before awakening.
Flirtation that makes your stomach flip.
My Mother's German Shepard's excitement when she hears me coming up the patio to the back door.
Planning for the future.
A book on its way to you in the mail.
For me that question is really hard to answer. Don't get me wrong; I am very happy in my life and feel supremely blessed. It is just that,either by nature or nurture, I'm a pretty stoic fellow and am not taken to extremes of emotion.
I have only four memories of feeling truly joyful.
1) The night I proposed to wife. When she said yes I though I'd burst with happiness.
2) The first time I actually shed tears of joy was when the doctor handed me my firstborn.
3) The second and last time I cried for joy was the birth of my second and, sadly, last child 2 years later.
4) This one is joyful contentment. It was several years ago while on a family camping trip. The stars and moon were bright, the waters of the lake seemed to be whispering softly and the fire was blazing with my wife watching it dreamily while the kids were inside the tent sleeping. I was sipping bourbon and felt as if I was sharing a whiskey with God.
Well that sounds awesome. makes me want to stop practicing and actually have kids. I go camping all the time but i imagine the contentment at that moment would have been amazing.