Always take the potato

by You Have My Word

What was initially a silly conversation two nights ago, struck me as rather profound the morning after. A friend was ranting (in jest) about the fact that there were two servings of dinner left standing in the kitchen when she returned home and she wasn’t sure which one to eat because only one plate had potato. Only one plate had one potato.

In my vast experience of potato eating I decided to help her out and said: “Let me give you some advice… always take the potato!” Hilarity ensued and she did take the one with potato. Seriously though, always take the potato. Delicious! She tweeted what I said that night but I did feel a need to add to what she’d said after that: “it’s nearly the same as ‘bacon or no bacon.’ always. take. the. bacon.”

What stemmed from this was a list of beautiful necessities and favourite things that we stumble upon day to day. And I am so grateful. The longer the list got (as others started to jump on the band wagon) the more aware I was of how much I so often take for granted – the small blessings. This is what we came up with (and I challenge you to do the same):

  • Bacon
  • Tea
  • Koeksisters
  • Dark chocolate
  • Rusks
  • Money
  • Music
  • Zoo biscuits
  • Good coffee
  • Friends
  • Fires on beaches
  • Beaches in general
  • Random acts of love
  • Surprises
  • Jam sessions
  • Accepting a helping hand
  • Hoodies
  • Hospital waiting rooms
  • Road trips
  • Poetry
  • Home-made biscuits
  • Tweeting about our likes
  • Radical friendships
  • Overcast weather
  • Track pants
  • Good company
  • DVD nights
  • Friends in hospital waiting rooms
  • Winter
  • Hugs
  • Conversations in the rain
  • Being ridiculous
  • The Sound of Music
  • Trying something new
  • Jesus
  • Walking the path less travelled
  • Restoration
  • Musicals
  • Animations
  • Truth
  • Books in bed
  • Teddies
  • The sound of laughter and thunder
  • Jazz
  • Tattoos
  • Braais
  • Swings
  • Back and feet tickles
  • Slippers
  • Simplicity
  • Spontaneity
  • Jamming to music in a car
  • Any tickles
  • Late night drag races
  • A flower
  • Words of life
  • Best friend moments and sayings
  • Spare change
  • Humility
  • A comforting hand
  • Pinterest
  • Photography
  • Asian men
  • Freedom
  • Joy
  • Laughter
  • Dancing
  • House music
  • Watching people bail
  • Bailing
  • Stories to tell
  • Grace
  • Eye contact
  • Easter eggs
  • Free stuff
  • Tulips
  • Point shoes
  • Wind
  • Waves
  • A gentle touch
  • Despicable Me
  • Movie nights
  • Being around
  • Words
  • Silence
  • Vulnerability
  • Trust
  • Sighs
  • Stars
  • Empathy
  • Strong hands
  • Memphis May Fire
  • Memories
  • Conversations
  • Agape
  • Water
  • Tough love
  • Not being alone
  • Vintage
  • Harmony
  • Sincerity
  • Top hats
  • Barefoot
  • Picnics
  • Sneakers
  • Bubbles
  • Bambi
  • Clouds
  • Anything in the rain
  • Thumper
  • Movie quotes
  • Girl friends
  • Random notes
  • Learning
  • Forgiveness
  • Men in suits
  • Rock-paper-scissors
  • Mid-night snacks
  • Rhythm
  • Vodka
  • Comedians
  • Memories made together
  • Skinnies
  • A friendly petrol attendant
  • Tanning
  • Train rides through Europe
  • Light
  • Rainbows
  • Peanut Butter
  • Running
  • Getting lost
  • Sleeping late
  • Church organs
  • God’s gentle teaching
  • Coffee dates
  • Intentionality
  • Encouragement
  • Blind faith
  • Favourite things
  • Cats
  • Wisdom of those who have been there and come back stronger
  • YouTube
  • Honesty
  • Hand-written letters
  • Travelling
  • Making up rap lyrics to songs you don’t know the words to
  • Adrenalin
  • New smells
  • The knowing look
  • Piano keys

What would you add to this list?

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