Things That Make Me Happy

October 15th, 2013

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Today when I was waiting for the results of my mammogram and it seemed to take a long time for the nurse to get back with the results, my mind jumped to the worst possible conclusion. When the news was good, the world looked as if it had been photoshopped with extra brightness and contrast added in. On the drive home, I started thinking about all the things I don’t appreciate on a regular basis and it turns out they’re all pretty ordinary and small.

– a new container for my paintbrushes that cheers me up every time I look at it.

– my prayer flags when the wind lifts them and the blessings get scattered around

– a BLT at the restaurant around the corner from my house

– knowing I have 22 miles still left when my gas light comes on.

– leaving my front door open in the fall

– my washer and dryer…I will never take them for granted!

– ordering a new book about writing

– the aluminum can lights by Jeff Kopish on my porch. I love turning them on when I go out and being welcomed by them when I come home after dark.

I’m not an Oprah acolyte and doubt I’ll start a gratitude journal. I’m way too lazy. But maybe I’ll be able to hold onto the way the world lit up for me as if I were coming home for the first time all over again this afternoon.

2 Responses to “Things That Make Me Happy”

  1. Great post. Reminds me of a “womenism” Byrne Miller — my Other Mother — used to say:

    “Love is more disarming than logic.”

    She invented it when Beaufort’s City Council threatened to cut funding for an upcoming Byrne Miller Dance Theatre concert because reviews of the performing company mentioned the words “mildly homoerotic” and “partial nudity.” So instead of responding to the negative, she had the company’s choreographer (the famous Mark Dendy) lead a dance parade down Bay Street for children with disabilities. She cancelled out the negative “logic” of the town fathers with love — pure and mischievous. Her soundbite on the nightly news was “Everyone deserves a chance to be marvelous.” The councilman’s soundbite didn’t make it on air.

  2. nikki says:

    I love that phrase!

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