14 April 2015

Everyday Happy

You may or may not remember that for my One Little Word this year, I chose "mindful."  I wanted to remember to enjoy and notice things NOW, instead of always thinking of what I would do/wear/eat/whatever in the future.

I have been doing a pretty good job of it, to be honest.  And I have been trying to consciously make myself think of at least one good, positive thing about each day.  Some days are more challenging than others, as you can imagine, but it makes me pay attention to where I am and what is happening as it does, rather than as it will.

So, when Carole suggested today's Ten on Tuesday topic, I decided it was just right for me and my word!  I've given it some thought, and had fun making my list.

Ten Everyday Things That Delight You

1.   Dug and the kitties.  They are ridiculous, sweet, cuddly, and sometimes bad (I'm looking at you, Koodle!), but every single day I am glad that they are part of my life.  I always tell them - and I mean it - that I love them more than my own life.

2.  Daffodils.  I love daffodils, and they always make me smile.  The Tim planted some bulbs and this year, they actually came up and are blooming like crazy!

3.  Hugs and kisses.  Every day, I love getting and giving hugs and kisses to everyone in our little family.

4.  Laughter.  I try to find something to make me laugh every day.  Usually it's not hard to do.

5.  Music.  I love music.  A lot of different kinds.  I always have some kind of music in my head, no matter what else I'm doing.

6.  Trains at nighttime. Even in winter, before I go to sleep, I can hear the train whistles at the train station.  No matter where I've lived during my life, this has been a constant, and it is an incredibly comforting sound to me.  It makes me feel like things are OK before I fall asleep.

7.  My neighborhood.  I love where we live, and there is always something to hear, do, see, wonder about, etc.

8.  Neighborhood wildlife.  Squirrels, birds, even the opossum who seems to have set up housekeeping about two blocks away!  Granted, none of the local critters have decided they need to live in our house, so I'm sure that is part of why I enjoy them ...

9.  The Tim.  Being #9 on the list doesn't mean he is lower than everything else, but rather that I couldn't decide whether to include him at all.  I mean, let's face it, I don't know that he "delights" me every single day, but I did include Dug and the kitties, and The Tim is here every day, and is more often than not he is some version of delightful.  ;-)

10. Food.  I love food.  Period.

There are plenty of other things, and the best part of thinking about this is that, as they came into my brain, they made me happy just thinking about them.  I need a longer list!

What would be on yours?


Caffeine Girl said...

What a cheering list! Mine would include my two grown-up babies, my students, good books, and yummy yarn!

Bonny said...

It's always good to take the opportunity to list and appreciate all the delightful things in our lives. I hope you have a delightful day with lots of laughter and some good food!

Lorraine said...

Bridget- "Some version of delightful" is a great way to put it.

Chere Mama said...

Sound of trains at nighttime! That is definitely a wonderful sound. Have a good week!

Donna said...

How did I forget food? There are so many wonderful things on our lists this week. The furry little four legged loves are especially important to me too.

elns said...

I love the mindful. I remembered your goal. I think it's fantastic and your list definitely reflects this mentality you're embracing.

Just reading the list not only made me smile at the things that are distinctly you. (How cool is it that you are soothed by evening train whistles?) It also reminded me of my own everyday delights. Good stuff. good stuff indeed.

Patty said...

There is nothing like the sound of trains at night. Great list!

KSD said...

I'm so with you on the trains. Everywhere I've ever lived, I could hear them. I doubt that I'd be able to go to sleep without them.

Karen said...

Love your list of happy things! Very cheering to read!!

Mereknits said...

I love your list and if The Tim reads your blog you had better include him!

Kym said...

What an excellent list! I, too, am trying to be more mindful this year. Paying attention to the NOW is a wonderful "habit" to get into.

Anonymous said...

#6 is very interesting. I grew up where trains were a constant. At one point we lived in an apartment right AT the Ardsley train station.

Train whistles are very comforting to me.

We stay in a Hampton Inn in Fernandina Beach. The train tracks run right outside the parking lot. In the elevator is an *apology* letter for the noise that the trains makes and a warning that they *may* be heard at night.

I always hope so. I LOVE watching the train go by! :-)