~ The art of being happy lies in knowing the value of simple things ~
We all have those days when it is difficult to find any reason to be cheerful (or at least a little less miserable!). By paying attention to the little things on a regular basis – a sunset, a welcome cup of tea, a flower, a smile, an Internet connection, five minutes peace, or food in the cupboards – we become more aware of just how much we have to be grateful for.
I hope to make this a weekly ritual (or as near to weekly as I can manage) in an effort to include more gratitude in my life.
Here are a few of the things this week for which I am thankful:
- Reading Johanna Massey’s blog and this excellent article about ecology and storytelling that she linked to on her site.
- Watching a couple of charming films: Barefoot and Magic in the Moonlight
- French plaiting Emily’s hair
- Reading this article about Finding Your Writing’s ‘Occasion’… and consequently buying Sheila Bender’s book on Personal Essays
- Kind visitors leaving comments on my blog
- Waking up to lighter brighter mornings
- Trudging through muddy puddles on a long village walk with Emily
- Daffodils for £1 a bunch to brighten up the house
- A slice of spiced banana loaf still warm from the oven
- Cutting my son Jay’s hair – at least we can now see his face!
- Saying goodbye to someone I knew for many years. A special service with bagpipes, spring rain and daffodils; a fitting occasion for a lady who loved the countryside, flowers, birds and the cycles of the seasons.
Would you like to join me? You could either leave a few things you are grateful for in the comments or link to your blog post and I will come visit.
Enjoy your weekend.