Pockets of Paradise

by Lance Ekum on · 44 comments

Paradise right here in our pockets….that sounds pretty sweet!

Today I have Tess Marshall here, from The Bold Life, to share her wonderful writing.  Tess is filled with a deep love for life, and even beyond that – she has this real zest for the life she lives!  BOLD is a fitting word to describe the passion she has for truly living!

Please read along, as Tess shares…

Pockets of Paradise


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“A box without hinges, key, or lid, yet golden treasure inside is hid.” ~ J.R.R. Tolkien

(This post was inspired by Ardath Rodale of Rodale, Inc.)

Do your remember when you were a kid what kind of "stuff" you'd put in your pockets? Things you wanted to treasure and put away for safe keeping.  I can remember stuffing my pockets with notes passed in class from best friends, a four leaf clover found at recess and chewing gum that wasn't allowed. Precious things that defined my life as a kid…that's what I stuffed in my pockets.

When I took out my spring sweater last week in the pockets I found a Starbucks gift card, missing earrings, and a peppermint…little pocket presents or surprises. Each treasure brought back a memory…and I smiled.

Everyday small miracles, delights and surprises fill our lives. I saw a lizard climbing the wall in my back yard today, my geranium had a new bloom and a morning dove was singing softly as I watered some flowers. These for me are moments of bliss…appreciation…mine for the keeping.  Today I'll slip these pieces of paradise in my pockets.

On my quick 3 mile run this morning I felt spring in the air, birds chirping and bushes blooming. When I returned I made fresh squeezed orange juice with the oranges I bought on a nearby farm the day before.  I pocketed these everyday mementos as well. They help me feel all is right in my world.

Bits of paradise also come when someone tells you to "keep the change" or when you receive an unexpected text message from someone you love. I  also fill my pockets when I experience kindness, compassion and love.

My grandchildren and oldest daughter are coming for a visit over their spring break next week. From the moment we pick them up from the airport, until the day they leave, our home will be filled with their "big and happy" energy. We're going to hike, swim, watch movies and eat ice cream. My pockets will be overflowing with mementos of laughter, fun and excitement. I 'll place the paradise experiences in my pockets to be emptied after they're gone and all is quiet again. 

Daily we have numerous opportunities to give and receive experiences of love, joy and happiness. We can witness miracles happen in nauture. We be kind and loving to those around us. Noticing, appreciating and savoring paradise moments will make your heart happy.

Keep your everyday gems and treasures in make believe pockets. Carry them with you always. You'll feel like you're on top of the world!

Please share with us what bits and pieces of paradise you have in your pockets today.

About Tess

Tess Marshall is the mover and shaker, at The Bold Life, where she’ll hold you accountable for being the boldest you’ve ever been in every area of your life!  What would you do if you were 10 times bolder? Sign up for her RSS feed and receive updates. You can also follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Lance writes stories from his heart, aiming to inspire and motivate, as you align more fully with YOUR true peak. When he's not here, you can find him hanging out with his family, riding a bike, or just generally acting goofy.   Sign up for the Thoughts from the Treehouse newsletter and get additional inspiration in your email inbox!
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Caroline April 8, 2010 at 4:30 pm

It could be a song…paradise in your pocket… When I was in high school I used to carry crystals in my pockets. I still do! Sometimes I carry hematite to clear my energy and ward off electromagnetic stress, sometimes I carry amethyst to enhance my spiritual self and protect my energy body. I have dozens of gem stones. I love to feel them in my pocket…a little reminder to calm myself throughout the day.
.-= Caroline´s Last Fabulous Post ..Meet Yahtzee… =-.


Trish @IamSucceeding April 8, 2010 at 4:34 pm

Lego’s from my youngests’ creations, a dandelion he gave me on our walk, a heart note my daughter passed me during our family study, a guitar pick my oldest left around(love hearing him play) Smiles always come from the things my children leave behind…well almost always. 🙂
.-= Trish @IamSucceeding´s Last Fabulous Post ..Day 3…6 Week Challenges =-.


Patricia April 8, 2010 at 4:34 pm

I had an appointment this morning so I grabbed my blazer out of the closet to look a bit more dressed up. It is my spring – in the pink blazer – I just so wanted to deny the sunshine and snow outside my window. It did not matter that the wind was fierce, I just needed to root for the tulips to make it and come back to life and the mason bees to be able to complete their word….a bit of spring paradise was my determination.

One just needs to make it so sometimes – well maybe just maybe more often than that!

Great spirit in you post…happy family visit Tess. Thank you Lance


Lori (JaneBeNimble) April 8, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Hi Lance and Tess,

I’m going to slip this post into my pocket today. Thank you, Tess.

Actually, this post reminded me of something funny. When I was in my 20s, I’d often (on purpose) put money in a winter coat just before the end of the season — just $5 or something like that. Then, when cooler weather came back to say hello, I’d always forget I had done that and be so excited to find an extra five spot in my pocket!

Thanks for the post, and Lance, thanks for having Tess as a guest.
.-= Lori (JaneBeNimble)´s Last Fabulous Post ..RAOKA: Laughter =-.


Darren Sproat April 8, 2010 at 5:45 pm

As my facebook status said a few days ago, “I have $6.33 and a piece of lint burning a hole in my pocket”… today’s pocket miracle was the smile my little girl gave me as I departed for work. What an angel…
Great read, Tess, Thank you!
Darren Sproat
.-= Darren Sproat´s Last Fabulous Post ..Is Social Media a Distraction from the Rest of Your Life? =-.


Tess The Bold Life April 8, 2010 at 5:50 pm

Hi Caroline,

That is a great idea. In NLP that would be called anchoring. I wish I would have had that knowledge in high school! I love gemstones and used to have quite a collection. Then I gave them away one by one to my friends. I think I’ll have to get a crystal. Thanks for stopping by!

I can see the love you share with your children. What struck me was the guitar pick. My guess is he’s older than 15? To have something so small and meaningful is a great reminder to have around as our children pull away into adulthood. I love all the treasures you share;)

I can just see you in your pink blazer denying the cold and rooting for the tulips. That is so awesome and your comment alone is paradise in my pocket! Thanks for shining today!

Joy sheer joy finding things in our pockets that lift our spirits. And more joy looking around and experiencing paradise in everyday moments…I know you Lori and see you doing that as well…especially on your beach walks. Do you have special shells you pick up and save? ~xo back at ya


Joy Tanksley April 8, 2010 at 7:15 pm

“Keep your everyday gems and treasures in make believe pockets.” Now that is a golden line! Oh, this sentiment is so delicious.

Sometimes, when I’m feeling down or if I’m sick, my husband will say he wishes he could put me in his pocket. It’s his very sweet way of expressing his desire to care for and protect me. I know this is a bit of a tangent, but your post made me think of that. And then, with your idea of make believe pockets, it made me think of putting MYSELF in my OWN make believe pocket as an act of love and self-care. I can see my precious little self in there with all the wonderful treasures I’ve stored for myself. Ah….


Jay Schryer April 8, 2010 at 7:38 pm

This is a really beautiful post. I love the idea of carrying little treasures with us on a daily basis to remind us how precious life is. Today in my pocket I’m carrying a phone call from a friend, an unexpected (but most welcome) text from another, and (like Lori) this post. All are reminders that I am loved and that I know some awesome people in this world.
.-= Jay Schryer´s Last Fabulous Post ..A Pirate Looks at 40 =-.


Kristie Ryan April 8, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Tess, I love this post. What a neat concept, putting your everyday joyful occurrences in “pockets”. That’s such a great way to visually appreciate and remember each moment. A simple idea yet it is so helpful 🙂

Today, I awoke to a blue jay and a red cardinal flying around the trees every which way in my backyard. I went to work and had a great conversation with my coworkers and was able to help one nervous student and one frustrated student feel a little peace. I came home to two happy dogs and shared a candlelight dinner with my boyfriend. Lots to fill my pockets with today for sure, thanks for inspiring me to reflect on it all 🙂


Evita April 8, 2010 at 8:25 pm

Hi Lance – oh what a fantastic guest to feature!

Tess, yes, those beautiful pockets of paradise are everywhere if we only look, see, taste, touch, smell and enjoy 🙂

I love the examples you listed too. I cannot tell you how many lizards I have just been mesmerized by whenever I go down south. I could watch them for hours and they always bring a huge smile to my face and warmth to my heart.

This is such a beautifully inspiring post – thank you so much for sharing these beautiful energies with all of us and the world!
.-= Evita´s Last Fabulous Post ..Essential Energy with Cyndi Dale: The Secret Behind The Secret =-.


Jarrod @ Optimistic Journey April 8, 2010 at 8:29 pm

I love the symbolism here! Pockets of Paradise. Life is full of memories and were making memories every second. I’m learning to live every second in the moment and now I’m going to place precious moments “in my pockets.”

Thanks for sharing!!


Audra Krell April 8, 2010 at 10:00 pm

Loved this post! I just went on a three mile run this morning, albeit it wasn’t brief. I might be the slowest runner in the world. We have orange, grapefruit and lemon trees here in AZ, but our season finally ended and I’m out of juicers now! I know exactly what you mean though, nothing like fresh squeezed juice after a run! I will continue to be intentional about the things I put in my pocket!


Tess The Bold Life April 8, 2010 at 10:38 pm

Hi Joy,
That is so sweet of your husband and truly loving. And for you to put yourself in your pocket…that idea rocks! Thanks for leaving your story. I appreciate it!

That is a big gift blogging has shown me that there are so many loving people in the world. Like Bob Marley says, “Every little thing is gonna be all right! Luv ya …Tess

I miss those birds. Haven’t seen any since not living in MI. Oh my! And what a wonderful day and life you have. Isn’t life grand? xo

We were eating dinner outside tonight and a lizard went right across the yard…they excite me every time I see one as well. When we first moved here I left our back screen door open and one was in the kitchen. I was freakin’ out because I didn’t know what to do. If you pick them up by their tails they come off so I really didn’t know what to do. So I just decided to leave the door open and he found his way back out again. And all is well;)

Yes precious moments in our pockets of paradise…we’ll think of it as the three P’s. How’s that!

I find it interesting that you live in AZ. I’m coming to your blog to see if you’re in my neighborhood. It’s a small, small world.


Davina April 8, 2010 at 11:26 pm

Hi Lance and Tess.
This guest post rocks! It’s one of your best posts, Tess. Sounds like your spring break is going to be a time full of making memories and filling pockets. What’s filling my pockets? Interesting question. I think I’ve been emptying the stale mints from them lately, but not realizing that. Now that you’ve asked that question I will consider what is going to fill them.


Rocky | R O C K O N O V A.COM April 9, 2010 at 12:35 am

My library card !



vikum April 9, 2010 at 2:10 am

Hi Lance and Tess,
It’s pretty amazing how we can carry paradise with us in our pockets. No matter how small those things are, they each contains a big story which can shower the joy upon us. A little feeling which reminds us that we are loved can be replaced from nothing in this world.
As a sign of the love you spread around, I’ll put this little piece into my pocket (as Jay and Lori) and today I’ve got some unexpected text message which received from a friend whose abroad for a long time, in my pocket.
And I wish to fill as much as pockets I can today. So that it would bring some joy to those souls as this piece of writing brought me.
Thanks a lot for the nice post Tess and Lance !
.-= vikum´s Last Fabulous Post ..6 Biggest holes in my clock =-.


Mindful Mimi April 9, 2010 at 2:24 am

Hi Tess (and Lance),
All my pockets are always full. My real pockets, my handbag, my car pockets, my desk drawers, my virtual pockets, my memory pockets, my gratitude journal…
I love appreciating the little things: the smell of my boys’ neck, a hug, a touch, a smile, the smell of spring, the sun on my face, a run through the woods, a good movie, a new friend, a connection, a compliment, a lesson learned… Everything that happens to us happens for a reason and it is our duty to learn from it and reap the benefits cause they are plenty.
Thanks for this reminder on this beautiful sunny Friday morning.
.-= Mindful Mimi´s Last Fabulous Post ..How to become a guest blogger without planning to =-.


Patty - Why Not Start Now? April 9, 2010 at 3:28 am

Oh my, what a delightful post. First, Lance, thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving your comment today. It is a pleasure to “meet” you too. And how wonderful to discover Tess here, who happens to be one of the first bloggers I happily stumbled upon in the blogsphere. You keep mighty fine company, Lance.

OK, Tess, what can I say? You gave me a big smile today. I love the metaphor of filling our pockets with those unexpected daily treasures. Today my treasure hunt has produced a shared moment of emotion with a client, the look on my husband’s face when he discovered that yes, I did actually cook dinner tonight, a riot of lavender blossoms, the sweet tang of an orange followed by Dove chocolate, a tabby cat “helping” me write, paws poised over the keyboard.

All of it is stowed safely in my pockets right now. And for me, this is what meaning making is all about.
.-= Patty – Why Not Start Now?´s Last Fabulous Post ..Many Lives to Live =-.


Hilary April 9, 2010 at 4:25 am

Hi Lance and Tess .. what wonderful memories in your pockets .. and wonderful ways of keeping memories for the future – the pockets full of love and compassion, caring and thoughtfulness.

I treasure my Mum’s moments now .. her bright face suddenly saying Good Morning how lovely to see you .. when I haven’t heard those words for over three months because she’s been unwell. The kindness of others, the smiles we receive and now God’s warmth from the Spring sun ..

Lots of memories from happy times in the past – ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’ springs to mind .. lovely hymn ..

Thanks Tess – great post .. and so enjoy next week .. I know you will .. full of energy as you say .. Hilary
.-= Hilary´s Last Fabulous Post ..Folklore Notes and report back on Great British Garden Bird Watch =-.


Lynn April 9, 2010 at 4:54 am

Pockets of paradise – taking the long way home just to look at the trees leafing out, morning coffee, kitty purring, mother’s voice on the telephone, too many things to count…
.-= Lynn´s Last Fabulous Post ..Popping out, half off and dear… =-.


Megan "JoyGirl!" Bord April 9, 2010 at 6:07 am

Hi, Lance & Tess! What an awesome post, as everyone else has said. It was like getting a great, big hug this morning!

I remember finding a dollar when I was 8 or 9 years old, tucked away in my shorts pocket from the summer before. HOLY COW was I happy! That $1 meant I could go to the candy store with my friend and buy our favorite “Big League” chew gum, or Rainblo. Gosh, that memory makes me smile (and is the reason I will sometimes leave $1 bills in my car, desk drawers, etc. for a future surprise!).

Tess, like you, I tuck precious moments away in the pockets of my memory. And when I chance upon a new precious moment that matches one from way back when, the two join energetically and give me exponential joy! Yesterday, for example, I was at the park and watched the cherry blossoms dance in the wind. One branch danced so close to me that it started caressing my face. That instantly took me back to when I was a kid and I used to play under my mom’s cherry blossoms each spring, feeling their soft petals all around me.

This post is just wonderful; thank you, both, for warming my heart this morning!
.-= Megan “JoyGirl!” Bord´s Last Fabulous Post ..Small Is The New Big: 9 Small Things You Can Do To Affect BIG Change =-.


Kamagra April 9, 2010 at 7:07 am

I agree with caroline that could be a song.Even i have same habit of getting thing in my pocket.I keeps such lucky stones there….It was 10 years ago when i kept a $10 in my pocket and fogot.Later my mom kept that trouser in safe.Years from that time i saw that trouser some dayz before and recalled the times when i did so.

So its amazing some days you recall old memories


scheng1 April 9, 2010 at 8:38 am

Sometimes it’s not that we are not courageous enough to live the life we want, it’s just that we don’t want our loved ones to worry about us.
.-= scheng1´s Last Fabulous Post ..Reduce Stress With Healthy Eating =-.


Tess The Bold Life April 9, 2010 at 9:04 am

I hope you find plenty of sunshine, star light, rainbows and moon beams to fill those pockets. Especially now that you emptied them. I know you didn’t mean to be funny but you were;) I also have plenty to share if you like

Just so you know I love your name. And let me know if you’re busy tonight I’ll bring my card and we’ll get some delicious books.

Thanks so much for the compliments. And isn’t surprise text wonderful. Happy pocket filling. You’re a joy to the world!

You’re son is blessed to have a wise mom like you. I hope you even find more maybe some…chocolate kisses, a 50 cent piece, a new pink ribbon, birds singing and your favorite song;)

Your pockets are bulging. Kind of like a kid with his favorite marbles after winning even or odd. I had no idea I was your first blogger found…isn’t life grand. I think we find the people we are suppose to meet blogging just like finding friends in the physical world. My favorite flower is lavender can I come over and pick some out of your garden. I promise I’ll only fill my pockets!

Compassion, warmth and thoughtfulness…and your mum’s health and sweet words…it doesn’t get much better than that does it?

Leaves popping out? I can smell the air of spring. Yum!

Exponential joy…now those words could only come from Joy Girl! Cherry blossoms oh my. I saw a photo of DC and the trees were loaded. Happy joyful pockets today my friend. xo

Old memories are wonderful and especially if your mom is involved. With my children being adults their childhood memories often come back for a visit. I’m so pleased we made so many happy one. Anyway I did!

Thanks for stopping by. I wish you joy and happiness to fill your pockets today and always.


Erin S April 9, 2010 at 10:04 am

Wonderful, feel good post. The perfect way to start my day. Goodness, what is in my pockets?


Laura Neff - Life Leadership Coach April 9, 2010 at 10:40 am

Oh, what a treasure of a post! Thank you, Lance and Tess!

What I really connected with here was how each morning, as I take my Luciedawg out for her romp around our big back yard, I stop when I get to the furthest point from the house, and I listen and look. Lately, I’ve been noticing how each morning, the leaves have made such progress on their journey of birth & unfolding, how the songbirds seem to get more joyous, cheerful and exuberant day by day, how lightly but deliciously scented the new apple blossoms are, and today, how the apple blossom petals are now carpeting the trail beneath the tree, like the aftermath of a lovely wedding.

So each morning, I’m creating treasures to fill my pockets (and my internal well!) to carry with me each day. The process brings me fully present, and I drink in the morning.

I just love this. Thank you so much, Tess, for helping me connect what I’m really up to in those moments. I may not be creating physical anchors in those moments, but I am definitely creating memories and emotional anchors to inform and delight my days.

Friday hugs!


The Exception April 9, 2010 at 11:22 am

What a wonderful post to start my weekend! I have to admit that I found a tissue supply in my sweatshirt pocket this morning, remnants of colder weather experienced in March. A reminder of colder weather and a feeling of happiness with the warmer weather we have now!
Sometimes in my pockets I find my daughter’s hand attempting to escape the cold. (And there is most likely always a little bit of cat hair as no outfit is complete without it!)

But today there is a bit of sunshine, a bit of the cool breeze that cooled the bedroom last night via the cracked window, the pink beak of a female cardinal spotted by my daughter this morning, the unexpected smile provided via a friendly e-mail…

I am going to be more aware of what I put in my pockets and share this idea with my daughter as well. Love this post Tess and Thank you Lance for sharing it.

Have a fabulous weekend.


Jenn April 9, 2010 at 11:28 am

Lance and Tess, this is so funny! I just finished posting something over here about paradise and then I felt nudged over here and you’re talking about paradise! I love it! 😀 Big serendipity smiles! I love this portion:
[When I took out my spring sweater last week in the pockets I found a Starbucks gift card, missing earrings, and a peppermint…little pocket presents or surprises. Each treasure brought back a memory…and I smiled.]
I can relate to finding treasures along the way to do with my journey, but I find it so amusing that people actually find all these surprises in their pockets.. hehe 😉 I guess I find my beauty in many other unexpected places 😉 I just find this really cute and it makes me smile.. maybe i will have to start a new tradition of leaving some stuff in random pockets too! xx Jenn 😉
.-= Jenn´s Last Fabulous Post ..Tears of Paradise: Being Soulful and Free =-.


Farnoosh April 9, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Refreshing, observant, delightful and so true. I am taking so much more notice of things now that (THANK GOD) the weather is warm and I am no longer preoccupied with keeping my fingers and toes warm….and spring is the beginning of all things, in fact it coincides with the Iranian New year which is on the first day of spring. And all these beautiful bits of paradise here on earth and in our life that you mention just made my day! Thank you!


Laura Hegfield April 9, 2010 at 5:19 pm

Hi Lance, I wanted you to know that I seem to have developed tendonitis or some kind of over use injury in my left wrist and hand…making typing painful for me…so I might not be blogging as much for a while… this includes commenting on your amazingly inspiring blog-and this is soooooo hard for me. (this is kind of a form message I’ve typed and am copying and pasting at all my favorite blog hangouts. Sorry it must seem completely random in relation to your post) I can still read your posts- I will be present to you in a quiet way-reading and viewing your words and images, and leaving a simple ?
to let you know I have dropped by and am thinking about you.

Gentle steps,


Jannie Funster April 9, 2010 at 6:28 pm

Ahhhh, Tess — the morning doves, we have them here — right behind our house — and they fill my heart (and all my pockets) with such peace and joy and faith in all good things to come. I hear them and I just know nothing can ever or will ever, or has ever gone wrong.

And YOU Tess — and YOU Lance, you guys fill every pocket in every pair of pants, shirt, jacket, skirt and purse I’ve ever owned or could ever possibly conceive of owning on this or any other planet. You both mean SO much to me.

Happy Spring Break next week, Tess!!



Joy April 9, 2010 at 11:47 pm

“Pockets of paradise” truly a title for something marvelous….
I first read this earlier in the day while at work. Work wasn’t going very well, but there is always a bright side…and this post reminded me to look for and celebrate the beauty.
There are delightful surprises in every day, I just need to be open and quiet enough to see and appreciate the beauty in them. I love surprises so I usually look for them and am blessed with an abundance of them. I also like to organize” little pockets” for my loved ones…things I know will touch them in a way they can recognize..to say I love you, the Universe loves you..you are loved.
I think I’ve said it so many times, but it’s genuine..I live in paradise and when I am mindfully present my entire life is a ‘pocket of paradise’–I appreciate each and every moment of it from sunrise to moonrise and all in between….


Tess The Bold Life April 10, 2010 at 8:40 am

Thanks so much for joining in the pocket of paradise…Lance’s blog. Have a great weekend!

You had me in your back yard as well. “Like and aftermath of a wedding.” those words are fantastic and say it all. I love weddings. Thanks for emptying your pockets and giving us a glimpse of your life.

Thanks you for sharing the little cold hand in your pocket. I miss the hand holding days of my girls and the female cardinals in my kitchen window in MI. I haven’t thought of them until just now…May you have many more P.P.s in your day!

You must be very organized…my stuff is forgotten in my pockets. I do like Lori’s idea of leaving stuff in there purposely. How fun is that and I’m checking out your paradise post.

Happy Spring and Happy New Year…wishing you pockets and pockets of paradise in every day of your life. Thanks for stopping by at Lances PP

I’m sending you much love, light and healing so you’re blogging and commenting again soon. I’m sure Lance and his community will miss you!

I love you more and may you have pockets full of sunshine, joy, new music and fans! I’m only mirroring
what you have given me! xo

Hope you are having a great day today…and thank YOU for sharing your paradise with me. I do believe you and I never get tired of hearing or enjoying paradise…yours or mine. Love ya. T.


Karl Staib - Work Happy Now April 10, 2010 at 11:54 am

We forget that life is filled with gems. From my son’s smile to my dog’s bark in the middle of the night. My dog actually did bark in the middle of a deep sleep. I awoke and I remember that I was thankful because my first thought was my bed is so warm and cozy. I would have never had a chance to enjoy the warmth of my bed if my dog didn’t wake me up. I put that in the back of my pajama pocket and now I share it with you. Thanks Tess!


Lance April 10, 2010 at 5:19 pm

I love what you have written here, and how it really touches upon this idea that we can always carry these little “treasures” with us always. And what we carry with us…we can reach into that pocket (real or metaphorical) and grasp that whenever we want to.

I think about the run I was out on this morning…and there were a couple of times during that run when my legs just didn’t want to work with me. And in those moments, I reached into my “pocket” and pulled out some “Goo” (an energy substance). It was my treasure in that moment.

And then I also think about my kids, my wife, friends, the sunshine, the squirrels in our backyard, and on, and on….when I really think about it…there are so many little treasures…and they add so much to life and really living. Thanks Tess, for the reminder of the paradise that is always with me!!

Thank you, all of you, for reading and for sharing some of your thoughts on this. It is wonderful to read and let these words really soak in. There is just so much “treasure” in our world!!! Just like every one of YOU, visiting here….truly a treasure in my life!


Lauren April 10, 2010 at 7:54 pm


I just love the analogy of filling our pockets with treasured moments. It is beautiful!

As you remark, so many of the treasures are simple joys. I went to the prison to work this week and visited many people whom I love. Just “making the rounds”, giving and receiving so much affection and love. People are so wonderful and so open when they feel cared for and valued!

Nature, the ocean, wonderful nurturing friends, great food, a car that takes me where I want to go, work I love…I could go on and on. And not least, the “fact” that love seems to be the thread that underlies our being here on this planet so that we can connect with one another in such magnificent ways!

Great post – I will always remember this analogy!


Diane AZ April 10, 2010 at 9:46 pm

Hi Tess and Lance, I enjoyed reading Pockets of Paradise. I carry extra batteries for my camera in my pocket. I love to take pictures of fun or colorful things to share with my family for “show and tell” on Sundays. And, pictures are also easy to share with people who live far away. I’m grateful to be able to connect with wonderful people online through blogging. Photography is also a satisfying creative outlet.
.-= Diane AZ´s Last Fabulous Post ..Shadows at the Canyon =-.


What would you do in heaven? April 11, 2010 at 1:45 am

Wow, nice to see both Lance and Tess here! 😉 One thing I used to carry is a seashell I’ve picked up from one of my memorable travels. It reminds me of a simple and peaceful life, and how each one of us is uniquely beautiful like that one sea shell which could not be found anywhere else in the world.
.-= What would you do in heaven?´s Last Fabulous Post ..The Inspirer With Light In Her Hands =-.


Jody - Fit at 52 April 11, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Just got to this one & I am behind.. what an awesome message to pass on! Thank you!!!!!!!
.-= Jody – Fit at 52´s Last Fabulous Post ..Wedding Pictures!!!!!!!!!!! =-.


Jonathan - Advanced Life Skills April 11, 2010 at 7:18 pm

Nice reminders Tess, sometimes it’s articles like this that become the treasures in my make believe pockets. Thank you!
.-= Jonathan – Advanced Life Skills´s Last Fabulous Post ..Positive Attitude Anchoring for Instant Access =-.


Joey Targo April 13, 2010 at 12:41 am

beautiful post! Very inspiring.


Richard | RichardShelmerdine.com April 17, 2010 at 2:39 am

The beautiful smaller moments in life are so frequent that they need to be appreciated or we’re mising out. Why only celebrate when something big happens? You can live in gratitude and love every day.


Soulfulshine September 5, 2012 at 12:10 am

Hey Tess,
What a wonderful post!!! A perfect way to start my day 🙂 The most important thing is “Notic­ing, appre­ci­at­ing and savor­ing par­adise moments “… so true! 🙂 XoXo!
Soulfulshine´s Last Fabulous Post ..In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on!My Profile


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