“Someday, when I have all the money in the world, I will be happy!”
“Someday, when I will have achieved _________, I will be the happiest soul on earth!”
How often we promise ourselves that “someday” happiness will be ours! When we will have accumulated all the wealth we need, or our dream job, or that perfect partner of our dreams, we will be happy.
But, what about until then?
Will we remain friends with sorrow and discontent until the “perfect” time comes along? Will we rue over how hopeless our circumstances are and keep brooding over Life’s injustice?
Has Life ever been “perfect”?
Of course, the grass always appears greener on the other side, so, of course people do live perfect lives – the kind we haven’t been blessed with!
And, with this attitude, we keep living sad, pathetic lives, blind to the countless joys we have actually been gifted!
In our hunger for the bigger things in Life, we ignore the little things that matter a lot more than we give them credit for.
I, too, yearn for a few things that will make me very happy. Loads of money, a few blogging awards, perfect health, no worries. Ah! Life would, indeed, be perfect!
Sadly, though, that’s not how things will turn out. There will always be something missing. Some discontent. Some disillusionment. Loads of worries. So, why not look at that which I already have, and count my blessings?
I made a list of 20 ‘little joys’ in my Life that make my world perfect. Little things that lie in plain view, but to which, at times, I am blind. Things that actually matter a lot, and which would drastically change my world with their absence.
20 little things that make me happy –
1 Chatting with mom late into the night
2 Visiting my parents.
3 Chatting with hubby.
4 Getting pampered by Cookie with all her love and attention. And, hearing her say, “Shippa!”
5 Playing, and getting into mock fights, with my nephews
6 Knowing that my closest friends know precisely when I need a shoulder to cry on, and when I deserve a kick on my backside.
7 Working on my written as well as art posts and receiving beautiful comments by bloggers I admire.
8 Enjoying my loneliness. Yes, loneliness, and not ‘solitude’, considering it was once the most dreaded part of my life!
9 Reading. “My books transport me to a place when I have nowhere to go!” (Love this quote!)
10 Evenings, when I am with myself and my thoughts, enjoying every moment of my walk in the beautiful outdoors.
11 Listening to (loud) music that fills the silence, which at times, feels deafening.
12 Working out.
13 Enjoying a mugful of chilled coffee in the quiet afternoons.
14 Baking cakes and cookies.
15 Watching my favourite programs on Netflix, uninterrupted.
16 Star-gazing. Yes, even if it’s looking up at that lone star twinkling in our purple, urban sky.
17 Spotting a rainbow on a gloomy rainy day.
18 Enjoying the chirps of the sparrows as they come to visit me in the early mornings.
19 The peace and quiet of early mornings.
20 My reflection in the mirror on (some) days when I feel I look gorgeous!
Hmm…now that I reread this list, I realise how truly blessed I really am, so, why do I grumble?
Ought to work on that attitude, right?
Also, ought to work on developing some narcissism… I mean, I ALWAYS look gorgeous! In fact, I am gorgeousness personified!!
Okay, that’s enough.
How about you? Do you, too, have a list of the little somethings that make you happy? Could you share a few with me?