A good 2.5 hour painting session – it felt FUN!
Jason’s willingness to help me find coffee this morning (we’re in Milwaukee) and his great sense of direction.
The world’s most beautiful sunset – cobalt blue and tangerine sky and pink-streaked clouds – just luscious!
A fine evening of friends, wine, and being on the winning Buck Euchre team, not once, but twice!!
I just loved my full-moon run – at 5:15 a.m. – it hung there so perfectly with two BIG bright stars. WOW.
What are these little musings?
They are drops of ordinary moments in a sea of ordinary moments that make up an ordinary life.
Except they are more than that.
They are everyday moments ELEVATED to the extraordinary; they were moments where I lit up with a thrill of happiness.
They were the ordinary moments I stopped to notice and in noticing, savored. It was here, in the savoring, where they melted, sweetly on the tongue of a good and happy life.
Over the course of the last few mornings, while I sipped my coffee, I’ve had the pleasure of lingering with these delightful bits of my ordinary, extraordinary life, all over again.
I emptied my Happiness Jar so I can begin filling it with similar moments that will surely fill my 2016.
I wasn’t strict about the “rules” of filling my Happiness Jar – I didn’t write a note every single day, and yet, I found something, at least once a week that seemed fitting for my Happiness Jar.
Now, having read through the notes, and in reading, relived each sweet little memory, it is with fondness I am able to recall, vividly, the textures, sights, sounds, and smells present in each morsel of happiness. Which ultimately was the point of this exercise: to allow happiness to be absorbed and penetrate more deeply and become who I am.
I admit I was a bit of a skeptic when I started this particular Happiness Habit. Would I really notice a difference in the state of my happiness? Would it really make that big of difference?
Well, here is what I can say for certain. I noticed good things more and more, and in that, I weighed them against other happy moments that were in the jar, and in doing that, I was paying attention to the bounty in my life – simple things like the deep orange red of a favorite daylily – and thinking to myself, THIS, this most gorgeous flower should go into my Happiness Jar, and so it did.
When I pulled out that little note this morning, I COULD remember cradling that singularly beautiful lily in my hands, the tickle of grass underfoot, and the sun warming my shoulders. Yes, that was a happy moment I delighted in remembering on this January day in Wisconsin.
Are you ready to begin filling your Happiness Jar?
It is super simple.
- A jar – any jar will do. Mine happens to be an enormous pickle jar which I asked for and which our local deli gave to me some time ago (it was empty).
- Scraps of paper.
- A pen.
Sure, if you want to make it into a bigger project then by all means, decorate your jar, decorate the lid, buy fancy paper, buy fancy glitter-filled pens.
The biggest thing is this – GET STARTED. Happiness is waiting to be noticed, savored, remembered, absorbed.
The YOU 12 months from now is going to thank you BIG time!
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