Happy – Four (A few of my favorite things)

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was super and amazing, and I enjoyed the flickering light on the horizon as I sat in the truck smiling.

If you haven’t kept up I was sparked by an interesting post on happiness, and in the process my brain is in overdrive looking at happy, and what it means to be happy.

There is a song about our favorite things that hits a spark and I smiled at it when thinking about this post. As I did I considered raindrops on roses, and even roses, and movies, and camera, and pictures of grandsons, and fun little trinkets that pass the time, and I smiled again.

They say things can’t make you happy, and they say money can’t by happiness, but maybe they weren’t looking deep enough. Maybe for a second if we look at our things for a moment we may find why they may make us happy, and it may be easier than you think. For example, if I turn around I will see a silly little lump of clay that has toothpicks in it. My daughters porcupine shrew from long ago, that barely looks like it once did, but it makes me smile. Why? Perhaps it is because it is not the thing, but the memory associated. Perhaps things offer us comfort by delving deep inside of our psyche and showing us that there are feelings inside of us.

It is also possible that things remind us of who we want to be, or how we want to be or be seen. There are lots of possibilities but I would like to think that if we wanted to, we could find our way to those memories without the things. That being said, my shelves are full, and my memories active with the thoughts that make me smile. It is the same with books, and other items. I have a library full of books, but perhaps only 20 to 25 behind me of special authors or special meanings. From Anne Rice to Ursula K. Le Guin and many indie authors who have touched me in some way or who I enjoy. I can pick up a book and see the whole story and enjoy it in a moment, and smile at the powerful feelings it gives.

How about you? Do you have something special that reminds you of the positives? a medal? A trophy, a book? Something else?

In the end, I would like to think those things we surround ourselves with give us the power to be happier.

So as the sun sets on another day, I think I will look at my slide rule, and enjoy the moment for a moment. (Monet to moment, get it?) After all, life is an amazing chance at happiness, and that is a good thing. Find your positives and hold on to them each day, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and live it…