Sunday, January 03, 2016


Ah, I have grown older...

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be at peace with everything around you
there is a purpose for every existence

rejoice in the little things

a flock of blackbirds in haphazard flight
a bolt of lightning in the summer afternoon
autumn leaves catching the evening's light
a grove of bamboo bending with the wind

the wise words of a child in your arms
the arpeggios of a guitar on a cold night
the quiet calmness in yourself as you kneel
before the buddha, seeking a path from harm

rejoice in these little things

even the very air you breathe
the soil that crumples at your feet
the rain that splatter on your face
the racing of your heartbeat

rejoice in these little things
for these are the reasons for our being.

written 22/04/2011
revised 20/12/2015

“If you want to make beautiful music, you must play the black and the white notes together.”

― Richard M. Nixon

© cheong lee san ( dsnake1 ) 2016

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Blogger Sanaa Rizvi said...

This is lovely - indeed we should all be thankful for the little things in life.
Wishing you a bright & joyous new year :D

Lots of love,

03 January, 2016 21:38  
Anonymous Anonymous said... must have the consciousness to see and feel the little things..Happy new year.

03 January, 2016 21:40  
Blogger brudberg said...

I really want to feel the joy of little things.. It's the only way to find a purpose... Wonderful wishes for a new year.

03 January, 2016 21:43  
Blogger Jae Rose said...

What a harmonious and wise is true that as we get older little things become more significant - although it is good to have those big dreams and wise words when you are young..happy new year to you ds..

03 January, 2016 21:58  
Blogger SuyashJ said...

now there's a nixon quote i like ! wonderful poem !

03 January, 2016 22:57  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


thank you! and wishing you a bright and happy new year too! :)


thank you! a happy new year to you too! :)


yes , to feel the joy of little things. just early this morning, i said "good morning" to the stray cat down at my apartment block and it miow back at me, and somehow it feels good. :D


hehe, those big dreams still remain.. dreams. :)
happy new year to you too!


he didn't have that many quotable quotes to quote. :)
thanks for the visit!

03 January, 2016 23:35  
Blogger Magaly Guerrero said...

Not being able to find delight in the little things is the recipe for a mildly empty life. So yes, joy in them I shall seek! ♥

03 January, 2016 23:36  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Magaly, thanks for the visit.
sometimes, people don't have the time for little things? but they should. :)

04 January, 2016 00:01  
Blogger Nataša Dolenc said...

Beautifully put! :)

04 January, 2016 01:59  
Anonymous Donna@LivingFromHappiness said...

Perfect words to remind us what is important to remember as the New Year begins!

04 January, 2016 02:00  
Blogger Mary said...

Yes, little things make up much of life....we have to rejoice in these things or we miss much of what life is about. Your poem is a perfect poem for the new year.

04 January, 2016 02:48  
Blogger James Toma said...

wonderful instructions for a peaceful life. appreciate it.

04 January, 2016 06:22  
Blogger Mama Zen said...

This is marvelous!

04 January, 2016 07:16  
Blogger R.K. Garon said...

Hahaha Yes! As I get older all I have are those "little" things, and yes, sometimes I may misplace them, only to discover them hidden in delight.

04 January, 2016 07:28  
Blogger totomai said...

This is refreshing because only few take notice of the little things around them.

Happy New Year, dsnake

04 January, 2016 07:44  
Blogger Sherry Blue Sky said...

This is truly the secret of happiness, my friend.

04 January, 2016 10:52  
Blogger Sumana Roy said...

love this peaceful note soothing the heart....

04 January, 2016 15:13  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


thank you! :)


thanks! i try to write something nice for the first post of the new year. :D


i was thinking, sometimes we just focused on the things that take up most of our time, and miss those small moments that make us happy. :)


thank you! :)

Mama Zen,

thank you for the visit! :)


you too? the important thing is to find them again, no?
let me open a small beer for a toast. :)


you have a point there. :)
Happy New Year to you too!


ah, the secret of happiness! :)


thank you for the kind words. :)

04 January, 2016 22:19  

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