Quiet. Solitude. Peacefulness. Dogs sleeping at my feet. Leaves swaying in the tree outside my window.
Grading papers, finding little moments of pleasure in the delight of a student's learning. The humor in a student's paper making me smile--no, it is not professional, but it is true, and it is funny. We need a little more of that in our line of work. It's all about the right place and the right time.
Towels washing. Housecleaning awaiting. Little lists of chores to check off one by one.
Refilling the bird bath. Noticing little raccoon foot prints in the cat water dish. Calling truce with the raccoon.
Seeking a quiet corner to chill out. Solitude. Peacefulness. Tranquility. I need more of it.