I love peak tomato season, when the massive and misshapen rainbow striped tomatoes in the market aisles convince me that they deserve to be eaten just like an apple and I dive right in not having a care in the world as the taut skin splits open to reveal the delicately perfumed flesh beneath. The smell alone is enough to hypnotize me into a frenzy of tomato madness. If I have the patience that day to make it home before the massacre begins I slice them as quickly as possible, decorating them with a leaf of basil, splash of olive oil, salt and finishing with one of my favorite food groups in the world cheese (in this case mozzarella of course).
It's these reminders that tell us food is sometimes best done simple. This five minute or less preparation of one of my favorite snacks gives me more joy than if I had spent the day creating an elaborate meal for Joe and myself. If I'm lucky enough to find myself a patch of sunlight on the living room floor, I'll eat the whole plate (probably faster than I should) and then stretch out to nap like a cat in the warmth.
That's why a warm towel fresh from the drier that's unexpectedly still warm and ready to cuddle with can be one of the most enjoyable few seconds of your day.
I think it all comes down to time. It's easiest to fully enjoy the simple moments in life because they didn't take up a lot of your time. Since time is our most valuable resource in this life, spending a lot of time preparing a dish or an event can build up a lot of pressure to the actual meal or party. It's hard to focus on actually enjoying the moment because of all the moments that led up to that moment in your time. You no longer are in the present because there is so much stress in the past that led up to today.
That's why a warm towel fresh from the drier that's unexpectedly still warm and ready to cuddle with can be one of the most enjoyable few seconds of your day. The random joy that something so small can instantly bring can completely change your mood and maybe even your entire day is a powerful feeling, one that is precious, but we often feel far too little of.
This weekend, I want you to focus on the simple things life has to offer you everyday. If apples are in season where you are, hunt one down and savor it. If there's a beginning of a chill outside, make yourself a mug of spiced warm wine and sit outside feeling the contrast of warmth and cold. These simple moments, the ones that take almost no time at all to get prepare are the most valuable little treats you can give yourself. Because in simplicity you will find a special feeling that is often forgotten in today's complicated world.