Simple Pleasures + 100 Happy Days = Making lists

A recent blogging “assignment” I had was to write my blog as a list. That was something different; self brainstorming, no grammar worries, a different kind of writing. Not bloggish as we think of a blog, but a list. As I wrote on May 22nd, I also recently signed up to do the 100 Days of Happy, where I take a photo of something that made me happy during my day. Every day, for 100 days! That’s a lotta happy. A fellow blogger wrote a post about 50 simple pleasures in her life. http://lyrallya.wordpress.com/2014/05/28/50-simple-pleasures-of-life/#more-3401 All of a sudden, I’m seeing a theme going on in my world.

It seems like people are trying to find the good stuff, the stuff that makes us happy, the positive influences, figuring out what’s real and important to us individually as well as universally. This is really incredible! Those moments that matter so much, and help us be genuine and true to ourselves. Wow–it’s the reason why I’m focusing on this blog; it’s really a purpose for my life. I’ve been teased my entire life for being a Pollyanna, seeing through rose colored glasses, being too happy. That IS who I am, and I’ve tried to understand why people aren’t always comfortable with me being like that. Hope those folks get over it!!! And if they can’t, it’s a true shame.

So far in my 100 days of happy, I have seen the absolute joy and love in my dog’s eyes, Gracie Jane. Next, I was awed by a big urn of pansies with their petals turned towards the sun. It was followed by my other dog laying down on the other side of the urn. A moment later, my son came over to lay down next to Spencer and laid his head on him. My heart just about overflowed with the happiness I experienced in a matter of a moment.
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The next day, my son took pictures of the young apples on the trees in our yard for me. This was so I could see the progression since I can’t get out there myself with my foot in the big old “non” walking boot and crutches. I got so excited to realize that I’d be getting to make apple pies, apple bread, apple sauce, apple crisp, apple butter… and more, come fall! We thought we might have to move for my hubby’s job, but he was offered a great position locally. We get to stay and enjoy the food our little 1/3 acre lot will produce. WOOHOO happy!!
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Another food related moment of happy was when Hubby was making dinner last night of grilled Vidalia doused in a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar, perfectly grilled chicken and grilled sweet corn. Yep, my honey knows how to make some wonderfully tasty stuff.
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And today had several moments of happy for me; my hubby installing a new bunny proof (HA!) fence around the garden today, as well as going to lunch and sitting in the sun with a dear friend, finally getting out of the house!

This activity of acknowledging things that make me happy has really opened my eyes to the frequency of my happy moments. Once again, I feel so lucky, even with the fragrance and chemical sensitivities, the broken foot, leaving my teaching career of 10 years, and not knowing what the future has planned for me. Last night I was seriously freaking out due to the unknown. Tonight, I’m happy with my simple pleasures, and recognizing that even though it’s not what I had planned, everything will be good as long as I treasure the moments I’m given. Same goes for you, you know!!

With warm wishes on your journey,
Nance

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11 thoughts on “Simple Pleasures + 100 Happy Days = Making lists

  1. Wow, I love, love, love your post! Happiness is in all these small details: a flower, your boy, your hubby, a quiet, but delicious dinner with your family, few pictures… Just keep doing what you are doing. I am so happy I found you!

    • Thank you so much!! Life is full of those moments, but I was caught up in the other stuff–the activity of forcing myself to notice those happy moments has really been incredibly heady. I’ve realized how much good IS happening! I’m glad you found me too. 🙂

  2. Reblogged this on Covey View and commented:
    I posted this on my blog, The Moments Matter, and want to share on the Covey View as well. I hope you enjoy the thought processes, and maybe even start the processes yourself if it’s not something you already do.

  3. Too right, Nance, I hope people do get over that there are people in the world who always seem to be happy and positive. Like you, I am one of those people, always smiling, positive and happy. I’m here enjoying life and that makes me smile, happy and positive. I’m a huge believer that being positive keeps illness, viruses and being unwell at bay. OK, there are times when life throws something at me which I don’t like, but that does not stop me from being me. Great post that made my smile even bigger. 🙂

  4. I live this idea about 100 things that make you happy:) It might not always be the greatest happenings in life it might be just to wake up some of the days… Your photos are awesome, the one with your son especially!

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