Someone recently reacted to her son’s comment that he was unimpressed by other people’s money with a post about things that did impress her. I thought long and hard about it and, although I was initially inclined to agree with the young man; I am actually impressed by wealth, especially when there is a rags to riches story behind it, a saga of hard work and resolve.

Yes, triumph in the face of adversity impresses me immensely.

Humour also impresses me; the talent to relate arbitrary things and raise a laugh.

I am always impressed by kindness and a very simple message I received this morning, with the sole intention of its sender being to try and help me with something; is a gesture I will never forget.

Good manners are awfully impressive and I love to see a man holding a chair for a lady to sit down. If the man is very young and the lady is clearly his grandmother, my heart sings soppy songs.

Creative people who clearly enjoy their creativity;
Sunrise in Cape Town;
Sunset in Johannesburg;
The sight of children picking up litter;
The interaction of a man and his well trained hound.

This is very, very nice; I find that my list is endless.


59 Comments Add yours

  1. aardvarkian says:

    Without filling out my out my own ego unnecessarily, what impresses me is when people remember names. I’m very good at that, it seems.

    1. theonlycin says:

      ’tis a gift aardie 🙂

    2. nzwakaduja says:

      I’m very good with names too.

      1. theonlycin says:

        I think I am ok with names, although I tend to shorten ones like Nzwakaduja ;p

  2. nzwakaduja says:

    Wow. Interesting post. Maybe I should dot down things that impress. Could be an interesting window to meself.

    1. theonlycin says:

      What are you waiting for?

      1. nzwakaduja says:

        It might take a while.

      2. theonlycin says:

        There’s no deadline 😀

  3. JustMe says:

    My heart melts at the grandson/granny thing too!!!!!!!!!!! *pictures our Granny’s 17 year old opening her car door for her*

    1. theonlycin says:

      That is a nice thing to picture … she’d probably faint.

      1. JustMe says:

        I’ll take smelling salts with to revive her!!!

      2. theonlycin says:

        And Merlot, take Merlot!

      3. JustMe says:

        *packs in LOTS of Merlot*

  4. leigh says:

    Feel-good moments, priceless.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Positively purple ;p

  5. Jingle says:

    love is precious like that…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Very precious Jingle 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, you are so kind.

  6. adeeyoyo says:

    Like Nzwakaduja I haven’t ever consciously given a thought to it. Off-the-cuff I think a kindness or considerate act by someone without being asked impresses me hugely.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, I also wouldn’t have thought about it without the prompt from a blogger, I’m quite glad though 🙂

  7. nrhatch says:

    Good list.

    I’m impressed with creativity, autonomy, authenticity, kindness, a keen sense of humor, the willingness to share joy (even in the face of adversity) . . . and this blog.

    1. theonlycin says:

      So Nancy, maybe the answer to your question on your blog is to post a daily thing that impresses you … from A-Z 🙂

      1. theonlycin says:

        And thank you for the compliment.

      2. nrhatch says:

        I take it back . . . it’s not the blog but its author who impresses me. : )

      3. theonlycin says:

        Aaaw you, get outa here!

  8. izziedarling says:

    Cin, this is a great topic – and I love your answers. I would like to address this as well – I promise to credit you for the inspiration … IZ

    1. theonlycin says:

      Knock yourself out izzie!

  9. klrs09 says:

    Very nice — think I’ll go compile my own list — have a great day.

    1. theonlycin says:

      You have to post it when you’re done 🙂

  10. suzicate says:

    Inspiring post, I am “impressed”. Lovely pic included.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Ta muchly suzicate 🙂

  11. halfp1nt says:

    I’ve not really given it much conscious thought before, but courtesy, kindness, courage do it for me.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, they are good impressions Shorty.

  12. Nice post Cin – I’m impressed by people who are able to maintain their dignity even though life is dealing them the worst hand ever.
    Ditto to the sunrise in Cape Town 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Best sunrise in the world 😀

  13. Kavita says:

    Now that’s an interesting thought!
    Creativity sure does impress me, the ability to think out of the box, music composers (that to me is one step beyond creativity :)), the ability to be able to speak in many languages – my husband can do that – at least he can make small talk in many many langs, gosh!! I think my list is quite long…
    Nice post, Cin…

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m also impressed by multi-linguilism 🙂

  14. slpmartin says:

    It is so fascinating what you can learn about a person from their list. 😉 I so enjoy your post.

  15. gospelwriter says:

    I’m impressed by your blog, words and photo (today and in general).

    At the marina the other day, I was impressed by a man who sat on the rocks with his cat, who he obviously doted on – I see so many people walking their pets (mostly dogs) or children while chatting nonstop on their cell phones, as if dog-walking, child-minding is just another job in the day of a life. That does not impress me.

    1. theonlycin says:

      The cat story is lovely, I am impressed 🙂

  16. souldipper says:

    I’m impressed with the joy and love you deliver to your family in the manner in which you care for them.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks souldipper, that is a kind thing to say 🙂

  17. buttercup600 says:

    I love coming here…feels so good:)

    1. theonlycin says:

      Feels good to have you here *grin*

  18. brian says:

    beautiful picture…
    like you list…lots of simple things…will have to give this some thought myself…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Off to read your 55, which impresses me every week 🙂

  19. Tammy McLeod says:

    Good list Cin. I’m impressed by women who are confident enough not to color their hair (that’s not me by the way)

    1. theonlycin says:

      It only hurts the first few times you see your grey self in the mirror, you get used to it soon enough 🙂

  20. Naomi says:

    LOVELY list, and image, Cin! I’m with Tammy on the hair…just booked highlights for Monday 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Wow Naomi, I’m impressed that you found a hairdresser in Joburg who works on a Monday 🙂

  21. Naomi says:

    Now that you mention it, she doesn’t usually. Perhaps business is down.

  22. Jamie Dedes says:

    Ah, the values and characteristics we treasure … says something about us … your list says: Cindy is a fine lady, in all the best senses of a word (a sensibilty) that is rarely used anymore but still has weight with some of us. Hugs!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Why, thank you Jamie 😀

  23. buttercup600 says:

    I loved the list Cindy..and agree with Jamie…you’re a fine Lady!!! Well done x

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks my sweet friend!

  24. sonsothunder says:

    Okay, for what ever reason upon reading this lovely post I can not think of a thing to say…well, okay, Arbitrary Sarcasm, yeah, I’m guilty…For some reason I was taken back to childhood, entering my cooking, country store running, garden hoeing,fruit preserve canning grannies house on a weekday lunch time, and hearing the words from the T.V. ( As grains of sand slowly sift through the hour glass-so are the days of our lives) then we had fresh tomato sandwiches,cantaloupe, fresh squash, red-potatoes, field peas…and the ever present staple she spent preparing what time she was sitting and not shelling beans, ( Ritz Crackers with Peanut butter).

    Don’t ask me where that came from; you always have a way of bringing the best of childhood memories to my mind…and even at the most unlikely times.
    God Bless you

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