Occasionally I will bring you a more lighthearted topic.
This post was inspired by a couple of books, articles, and blog posts that have been recommended to me lately. They all seem to challenge you to write down the little things that you are grateful for, or that make you happy, or that are positive influences in your life.
Do we always have to take ourselves seriously? I think not.
Take a moment today to write down five “little things” that make you happy.
And without further ado, I bring you my…
Five Things That Make Me Happy
- The Chips at the Bottom of the Bag
- Sunsets: Anytime, Anywhere
- Random Text Messages From _______
- Golf Balls and the Associated Memories
- A Great Pen
The Chips at the Bottom of the Bag
You know, the small ones. The crumbs. I’ve always enjoyed these chips. I love tilting my head back as they slide down the bag, bringing the highest concentration of flavor with them. I also enjoy using my finger to get the ones out of the corner, but I don’t do that at work. The hospital is full of microbes. Yuck.
Which chips? Top five, in order:
- Snyder’s (of Berlin) Bar-B-Q
- Snyder’s (of Berlin) Sweet’n Sassy
- Flaming Hot Cheetos
- Spicy Nacho Doritos
- Jimmy John’s Salt & Vinegar
I guess you can say I like my chips with a little spice.
Sunsets: Anytime, Anywhere
Okay, so I suppose that sunsets kind of have a scheduled time. But I adore them. Sometimes I feel as if I get lost in their brilliance. I allow the colors to create peace in my soul, much like the peace that settles across the sky after a busy day.
I recently wrote an “Ode to the Sunset” in my journal.
Here’s a small sampling of the sunset photos from my phone’s camera roll. I have more! I can’t help myself.
Random Text Messages From _______
This week my fill-in-the blank is my mom. A text message from her made me have a literal LOL moment, which is when I realized how much I enjoy the randomness. It might not make you laugh that way (or even at all), but the text made me feel as if I were a part of their trip. The message and picture landed on my phone during one of the busiest times of my morning: what a welcomed interruption!
Random texts mean so much to me. You want to fill up my love tank? Send me a random text message! It works almost as well as a small gift at making my day. The smile I get from these short notes continues from my face to my soul, and it ends up permeating my actions. Text messages can be a great pick me up!
Golf Balls and the Associated Memories
I absentmindedly left a golf ball in my pocket after playing this weekend, so when I got in my car I quickly stashed it in my center console… where it proceeded to rattle around endlessly. It finally drove me crazy on my Monday morning commute, so I snatched it up to keep it from making so much noise as I
flew cautiously made my way around the curves.
It was still in my hand when I sat down at my desk 10 minutes later.
The golf ball reminds me of so many positive life moments. It also brings back a few that I would like to forget. But they all serve a better purpose in my memory. They make me a better person when I take a moment to reflect on the times in my life.
I am still looking for a hole-in-one.
A Great Pen
Perhaps this one is self-explanatory; I know there are many of you like me in the world. A great pen evokes confidence in writing. It effortlessly spills out the contents of your soul onto your favorite paper.
I prefer ball-point, but I am also very fond of fine-point gel pens. My go-to writing tool, a government-issued Skillcraft ball-point, is pictured below, but my all-time favorite, without a doubt, is a classic Zebra Pen F-301.
Take a Moment Today to Write Down Five of Your Happy Things
Perhaps you will find that you already have all you need for happiness?
Leave a comment below with two of your favorites and also let me know what you think about my choices! Bonus points if you send me a random text message with your comment!