A friend of mine had the movie on in the background, while she attacked the floor in her hallway with her new Black and Decker power scrubber.
It’s not the first time she’s seen the movie (who hasn’t watched it countless times?), but the words really resonated with her this time around. Her timing, in mentioning it to me, couldn’t have been better. Yeah, last week wasn’t the best I’ve ever had.
What’s interesting is, when I woke up that same morning — before I had even heard from her — I had an idea: To focus only on the things that make me smile, make me feel good or bring me peace and joy.
Not simply because of the week just passed, but because while life is often good, it’s also not without its challenges and frustrations. Everyone seems to be struggling with something and the world is a mess; and I think we all need to be reminded to let the bad stuff go, so it doesn’t take on a life of its own and block us from ever seeing the light.
I decided to make a list, a happiness list. They’re in no particular order, I’m just typing them as they pop into my mind. All that matters is, they bring me pleasure. What makes you happy?
- the sound of the ocean
- the scent of ripe peaches
- sitting in the dark
- cat and dog cuddles
- my friends
- swimming in a lake at night when it’s raining
- staring at the ocean
- the smell of bread baking in the oven
- the smell of freshly-cut grass
- sniffing basil
- getting lost in a really great book
- Maya Angelou
- walking without a destination
- eating greek yoghurt with Manuka honey and walnuts
- doing calf stretches
- taking long steaming hot showers
- my memories
See, it’s easy once you get started. I could go on and on. Maybe I will, just to see how long a list of happy thoughts I’ve got. Over to you …
“Bubbles” photo by Jo Naylor, on Flickr through Creative Commons