New running shoes make me happy (Adidas Supernova Glide 2 for any runners out there).
I had a whole post planned to write tonight, discussing some recent mishaps in the kitchen and the races I signed up for. However, those topics will have to wait…
What makes you happy?
Today I had been struggling with feeling happy. I am naturally a very happy person and I have so much to be thankful for. Sometimes I think that I am blessed with so much that I don’t have a right to feel anything but happy, given all of the suffering that occurs throughout the world. Still, I am human, and today was one of those days. I was just feeling plain irritable. Then I read Wendy’s wonderful blog and instantly cheered. Her writing just has that impact. Before I get into the feelings her post provoked, I have to give a little background on Wendy. She is a beautiful, amazing woman and mother. We went to the same high school but she was a few years ahead so we never really connected. Facebook eventually led me to her blog, and I am incredibly glad that it did. We had been conversing via blogland when I found out Bri was going to be deployed. After I posted about the news, she wrote a beautiful, moving post that brought me to tears. Tears of gratitude, tears of hope. To put it simply, she is a wonderful person.
Today she wrote about the core of happiness and how oftentimes it is a choice that we make. She shared some inspiring quotes that really made me think. I smiled reading the post. I decided I was going to find happiness in unexpected places. Just be happy. It’s funny, sometimes just deciding that you are going to be happy can lift your spirits. And I did. I went for a run after work, which always brings me joy (at least it does afterwards 😉 ) I saw three dogs together on a walk that were so excited, they were doing the booty shake, where their entire back body sways back and forth because they are so ecstatic. It brought a smile to my face. I made a delicious, homemade pizza and savored the fresh ingredients. I am drinking a glass of red wine. I get to talk with my husband on Skype soon. I get to read an amazing, thought-provoking book (The Kite Runner). Quite simply, life is good.
To Wendy, and to everyone else out there that I converse with via blogworld, thank you for inspiring me on a daily basis.
What little things are you taking the time to appreciate today?