I remember thinking, “I just want to be happy.” I had this idea that to be happy meant that I could never be sad, mad or…unhappy. I thought, “I wouldn’t know joy if it hit me upside the head.” I had this idea that joy-full moments had to be huge; live-out-loud-laugh-till-you-pee-your-pants huge.
I was wrong.
In my quest to discover happiness and recognize the joy in my life I had to step outside of myself. I began to become aware of every laugh, giggle and smile. I began to acknowledge each make-me-go-ah-moment. I began to see that the majority of my joy comes from a myriad of little moments and it is those little moments that when added up, equal happiness.
A few ordinary moments I’ve noticed offer me great joy:
- my first sip o’ bliss from m’ coffee cup each morning
- hugging, kissing and talking with my daughter
- making a card to celebrate someone’s special moment
- family dinners
- playing board games together
- coloring with crayons
- getting my hands dirty with glue, paint and glitter
- writing by candlelight
- taking a good photograph
- watering flowers
- crunching through piles of fallen leaves
- rain showers
- bubble baths
· car dancing
· …and so many more