Sometimes in life we get tied up running behind the wrong stuff that we forget the simple pleasures of life. Small pleasures give the most peace of mind like listening to music on a quite evening or early morning with tea, walking bare foot on the garden or a beach, reading a book, cooking a simple meal with the family, sitting on a swing feeling the wind, listening to the various sounds of the birds.
When I was younger in 20’s these things did not mean much. All I wanted was to hear was loud music, see loud television, chittter chatter on the phone and rest of the time sleep. Now in 30’s life has changed for good, it has started to have a purpose, I like this age so much, one feels grown up, independent and free in the mind from peer pressures. I have learnt to stop wasting time with meaningless associations, I think this,one learns only with age.
On a lighter note some new simple things that pleasures me now is when my baby poops or farts, I think I am happier than him, I am like what a relief to him now he will sleep better so will I. Another simple pleasure I get is from watching out-and-out slap stick comedy movies or cartoon. When I sit to watch Tom and Jerry or Ogli and the cock roaches, I laugh like a 5-year-old, my infant don’t get it probably he gives me the look that grow up mom, I also don’t find this funny. Recently my 8 month old kissed me back, all my face was wet with his saliva but I can’t get over it…i guess another simple pleasure, I am so glad I am raising him on my own without a maid (children raised by maids is very common in my part of the world), first of all I don’t want him to wet someone else’s face instead of his mothers and Second of all I would not trade anything in the world against this simple joy that my son gave me 🙂
I wonder I have never enjoyed a socialite party or a an expensive bag or traveling in some class in luxury as much as i have enjoyed these smaller things in life…i guess that’s what life is to cherish the simpler things…
Since I am talking of simple pleasure though of writing this simple recipe, I am sure everyone knows this recipe but sometimes it slips out of the mind and we forget to make it. This black chickpeas salad is one of them, its healthy, full of protein and yum as well.
1 cup black channa soaked overnight
Green chili chopped
Red chili powder
Salt to taste
Pressure cook the channa. Once done mix rest of the ingredients well according to your taste and put it to chill in an air tight container. Serve cold.
You can make this chat with any other beans like chick peas, rajma etc. whichever beans you like.
p.s. I am not saying to let go of all the expensive things and become a saint, even i can’t let go of many things, but yet I believe the maximum happiness one gets is only from the simpler things.