Sometimes we get sidetracked in life. There’s so much going on around us, we become distracted and it takes a huge jolt to capture our attention.
Why is it we wait for big things to bring us happiness? We let phrases dictate our lives like, “If I win the lotto…” or “Once I get that big promotion…” or “Someday, when I retire…”
I’m sitting at my computer this morning enjoying my first cup of coffee of the day and I couldn’t be happier. I got out of bed this morning and everything worked. I could walk, talk (sing if I wanted to, though no one would want to listen), taste, see, and smell. I decided that was a great start for the day in the Marshall household. And I felt joyful. Yes, I really did.
I didn’t need a knock at the door and someone offering me a million dollar Publisher’s Clearing House super-sized check to be happy. Today I felt grateful for what I have. Since those big glorious moments only rarely happen in life, if ever, it might be a good idea to shift our attention to the simple things for our daily infusion of joy.
Here are a few of the small pleasures that bring me true and constant joy:
That first cup of coffee each morning
Looking out my kitchen window at the hill behind my house
Oatmeal and fresh blueberries
Rubbing dog ears (any dog will do)
Touching cat noses (if they’ll let me)
Taking long walks, especially on cool, sunny days
Opening the first page of a new book and getting swept away
Getting a goofy LOL e-mail from one of my buddies
Seeing an outstanding movie (sometimes this one is a challenge)
Smelling dinner cooking in the oven (especially if someone else has put it there)
What are the little things in life that bring you happiness? Care to share a few with us?
One of the great things about the Special Edition line at Harlequin is, no matter what our background is – good family life, bad family life, anywhere in between – while we read SE we can forget about our personal circumstances and share in the joys and challenges of the families and characters created by so many talented authors and be assured of a happy ending. I don’t know about you, but that brings me a nice big slice of everyday joy.
Until next time,