I like lists (particularly poetic lists) but find them a little difficult to do, so I think it will be a good excercize for me. I want to generate at least five things each time. I can also go back and add things as I think of them. My first topic:
THINGS TO LOOK FORWARD TO
1. Allen in the truck, waiting to take me home from work
2. The first snow
3. Settling into a hot bath
4. Toads' songs, spring
5. Return of buzzards to Ohio, spring
Here's a partial list from Shonagon's book that I found online. I especially like the last one.
[From a list of "things that give you pleasure":]
- You've read the first volume of a tale you hadn't come across before, and are longing to go on with it --- then you find the other volume. The rest of it can sometimes turn out to be disappointing, however....
- It's also wonderfully pleasing when you're in a large company of people in the presence of someone great, and she's talking, either about something in the past or on a matter she's only just heard about, some topic of the moment, and as she speaks, it's you she singles out to look at.....
- When a poem that you've composed for some event, or in a exchange of poems, is talked of by everyone and noted down when they hear it. This hasn't happened to me personally, but I can imagine how it would feel....
- When someone you don't like meets with some misfortune, you're pleased even though you know this is wicked of you.