100 Small, Beautiful, Meaningful Things

Ceara Milligan
2 min readOct 30, 2023

A post-storm rainbow.
The symphony of leaves rustling in the breeze.
Dew-kissed spiderwebs.
Fizzy, foamy soda.
The intricate patterns of frost on a window.
Kaleidoscopes.
The hypnotic dance of a flame in a candle.
A solitary leaf drifting on a calm pond.
Constellations.
Petrichor.
Cream in coffee.
Sandcastles.
The joyful bounce of a puppy’s tail.
Sunflower fields.
The sensation of a warm embrace.
The gentle glow of fireflies in a meadow.
Intricate lace.
Worn baseball caps.
Ladybugs.
The timeless elegance of a pocket watch.
Storm clouds.
A perfectly symmetrical snowflake.
Chugging water in the middle of the night.
Vetiver cologne.
Musty books.
Witnessing someone peer at their reflection in a window.
Chameleons.
A hummingbird’s acrobatic skills.
The iridescent surface of a soap bubble.
Babbling rivers.
Dancing solo.
The delicate precision of a watch.
Bumblebees.
The pop of a champagne cork.
Roasted marshmallows.
Store bells that toll as you enter and exit.
Genuine laughter.
The moon.
The feeling of cool sand.
Fireworks.
Tortoises that live for hundreds of years.
Dropping a bath bomb in water.
The color pink.
A humming refrigerator.
Elotes and esquites.
Blowing dandelion seeds.
Cheesecake crust.
Warm tomatoes.
Clovers.
The glint of a coin tossed into a fountain. Plop!
Overripe bananas.
Lavender.
Ornate chandeliers.
Distant church bells.
Sand dollars.
Freshly chopped herbs.
A handwritten, mailed birthday card.
The rustling of leaves in an autumn breeze.
Honey on toast.
Baby laughter.
A tree’s rings revealing its history.
Bamboo blankets.
The Periodic Table.
The curious tilt of a dog’s head.
Birds on the sidewalk.
Farmer’s markets.
White chocolate.
Campfires.
A child’s first steps.
Public libraries.
A bouquet of fresh flowers.
Sharing a funny moment with a stranger.
Dolphins.
Umami food.
Cool sheets on a hot summer night.
Homemade soup.
Pebbles.
Long shadows.
Cozy duvets.
Kind cashiers.
Katharine Hepburn films.
The sound of rain tapping on a roof.
Spring jackets.
Antique clocks.
A rose garden in full bloom.
Quirky coffee mugs and teacups.
A solitary firefly.
Geometry.
Sipping out of a mason jar.
Intricate street murals.
The mysteries and infiniteness of outer space.
Corn cob pipes.
A starry night sky.
The gentle hush of a snowfall.
A cat’s contented purring.
Oven-fired pizza.
Edison bulbs.
French braids.
Watching squirrels play.
An unexpected act of kindness.

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