Ingrid Goff Maidoff - Tending Joy





"The world sparks and hums with radiance. Even when we fail to notice, all still shimmers and shines." ~Ingrid Goff-Maidoff, Postcards from the Landscape of Joy

The best things in life


One day I wondered,
"if the best things in life aren't things,
then what are they?"
Instantly I had a flood of ideas.
Enjoy this list, and be sure to add your own!
Love & Joy, Ingrid


A: amazement, awe, attention, awareness, astonishment, abundance, attitude, articulation, appreciation,
acceptance, altruism, affirmation, authenticity, art, aunts...
B: beauty, boldness, blessings, bird-song, birth,
bliss, blossoming, balance, breath, being, brothers...
C: compassion, courage, caring, creativity,
celebrating, contemplation, connecting, centering,
chanting, cooking, crafting, clowning, community,
courtesy, communication, commitment,contribution,
choice, cheer, comfort, cousins, childhood, children...
D: determination, dreams, devotion, dancing, diversity,
divinity, dignity, discipline, delight, daring, daughters...
E: elegance, excitement, enlightenment, energy, earth,
eloquence, enthusiasm, equality, empathy, epiphanies,
eternity, experience, embraces, exploring, exercise, elders...
F: freedom, fairness, fire, fantasy, faith, fun, forgiveness, friendship, friends, flowing, fatherhood, fathers...
G: generosity, gratitude, God, grace, growth, goodness,
giving,genius, grandchildren, grandparents...
H: hope, happiness, hilarity, healing, helping, humor, health, hospitality,holiness, humanity, humility, harmony, hugs, honesty, husbands...
I: insight, inspiration, imagination, intuition, intelligence, intimacy, illumination, imperfection, ineffable, inter-being, inquiry, intention, integrity, ideas, idleness...
J: joy, jubilation, justice, journeys...
K: kindness, kisses, kinship, knowledge, kids...
L: love, laughter, life, listening, literacy, light,
learning, lingering, loafing...
M: mystery, miracles, mindfulness, magic, mastery,
musing, marriage, motherhood, mothers...
N: nature, nurturing, nobility, napping, naturalness,nieces, nephews...
O: optimism, openness, oneness, opportunity...
P: peace, prosperity, patience, plenty, play, poetry,painting, places, praise, possibility, purpose, passion, presence, partners, people...
Q: questions, questing...
R: rejoicing, reading, running, respect, romance, receiving, radiance, refuge, reflection, relaxing, rest, reality, relationships...
S: spirit, strength, sharing, study, singing, sincerity, smiling, space, stillness, silliness, service, soul, sacred, shadows, sky,
simplicity, sanctuary, splendor, sisters, sons...
T: trust, tenderness, thoughts, thanksgiving, thoughtfulness, teaching, talking, transformation, truth, teamwork...
U: universe, unity, uncles...
V: vision, vitality, virtue, vigor, voyages...
W: wisdom, wakefulness, work, writing, wonder, witness,
within, wholeheartedness, wholeness, wandering, wives...
X: exhilaration, exuberance, expanding...
Y: youth, yearning, YOU...
Z: zaniness, zest...


This list of Best Things was compiled by
Ingrid Goff-Maidoff (copyright 2005)
for the Portions Of Joy Newsletter,
a newsletter of uplifting quotes and ideas from
Sarah's Circle Publishing~

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Ingrid Goff-Maidoff is a universalist poet, mystic, celebrant of beauty and encourager of spirit who lives on the island of Martha's Vineyard. Her work appears in numerous anthologies, and she has lovingly created dozens of books and gifts that help deepen intimacy with the sacred. Her blog, her inspirational offerings, and her popular Joy Postcards Newsletter all are found at http://www.ingridgoffmaidoff.com