This is a working list of 50 things I love. Writing such lists is an exercise I often ask people to do in my workshops or classrooms, because (following the teaching of Steven Garber and Augustine of Hippo) I believe that it is in consideration of what we love that we come to know, most deeply, who we are and who we are becoming.
3” x 5” index cards
Angela. Tala. Hannah. Those whom they love, and who love them.
Big businesses that can be trusted by their customers, employees, and shareholders. Big businesses that make an enduring contribution over many generations.
Black jeans, black collared shirts, and crumply black jackets (with the odd white shirt)
Bureaucracy (as an alternative to brigandage)
Calvin Seerveld and Steven Garber, and what they write
Cello. Clarinet. Drum beats . Solo piano. Violin
Citizens who stand up, speak out, and act with practical wisdom
Crime and Spy novels
Evernote . Instapaper . Facebook . Twitter . Remember The Milk . Gmail
Everyday imagination, in particular in how people eat, dress, and furnish their rooms
Free weights and treadmills
Herman Dooyeweerd and Dirk Vollenhoven, and what they wrote
Hiking. In particular in forests or next to water. And in particular during the Spring and Fall.
Jane Austen and William Shakespeare, and what they wrote
Learning . Students . Teaching . Classrooms and workshops, formal and informal
Markets. On every scale.
My direct reports and peers in the places where I have been privileged to work. Three of my various bosses through the years.
My father. My mother. My sister. My brother. My father-in-law. My mother-in-law. My wife’s siblings. Those whom they love, and who love them.
Paintings. In particular by Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Frankenthaler.
Poems. Especially short poems. And even more especially very short poems.
Politicians who lead with integrity toward public justice
Small businesses deeply embedded in their local communities. Small businesses that serve others far and wide across the globe.
Small groups of musicians: rock bands, jazz combos, string quartets
Songwriters and singers
Stabilo Sensor pens
The Big Sur
The eucharist. Baptism.
The patina of things that wear in rather than wear out
Three psalms of wonder: 8. 19. 104. Three psalms of heartbreak: 51. 88. 137. The story within which they incline towards hope.
This list was made on Monday, August 29, 2011, without reference to earlier lists published on this blog. The contents of those earlier lists are not necessarily hereby abrogated. Yes, I cheated a little to make this a list of 50 things.