It’s story time again for you – a tea break tale or whatever you would like to call it, I hope you enjoy:
When you see a sunset do you think of the dying embers of a fire? Do you think of all the things you achieved that day or do you think about all the things you didn’t do? Do you see a sunset as final, depressing, an ending or does it fill you with joy?
I myself prefer sunsets, sunrises seem to imply something else, I can’t explain myself properly – there is something about a sunrise that seems seedy, you either can’t sleep or have been out too late, whereas a sunset is something to behold, to cherish, to make a point of seeking out and enjoying.
A sunset on a beach is one of the most beautiful things in the world to me and somewhere in the world this happens at the end of every day and it happens for free.
Those pure moments of magic, those pure moments of happiness, they are fleeting but they are often and it is those things that build up to make a happy time, or a happy life, or a happy episode.
It’s the little things in life. (How many male ego’s just soared about that one) but it’s true. The little things touch your heart and make you smile the most.
Unless you are a bitch and then this story is probably not directed at you!
When someone is mega rich and they charter a helicopter to fly you to Paris for a meal (yeah happens all the time…..) but it’s like them spending £5, does is mean as much as the person that has 50 pence to spare but picks you a bunch of wild flowers, runs you a bubble bath and does the housework for you? NO, to me the person with the 50 pence wins hands down every time. This is why I will never be living in a mansion. And I am ok with this.
I think there are purer and truer things in life than money and yep hold the front page – money is essential but it’s not that important…..well yes pick me apart on that one – you need a roof over your head and food in your belly but as for trinkets and things – they might be nice but you don’t really need them now do you. You can drown in your successes if you fall towards excess too much. If you think that the trinkets and the fast cars are the important bits you are missing out on so much more.
When did you last take the time to notice a star filled night sky or to make a wish on a shooting star? To see a dandelion seed, catch it, make a wish and then let it fly away again? When did you last take a moment to notice the beautiful flower that has come out in bloom or to notice the cute little squirrel playing on the park fence?
When did you last stop and indulge in something you love – whether it be a big slice of cake or your favourite tv show – but to really indulge and not beat yourself up about the calorie count or worry about what you might be missing out on by taking a moment to invest in yourself and to slow down a little bit and to remove yourself from the rat race just for a moment or two. That vital time of investing in yourself that we seem too quick to dismiss and not make time for or let other things leak in. Change those ways and make it part of your routine – something as essential as eating and sleeping and breathing is.
Do you ever take the time to notice the sweet things that can happen right in front of your face or that little child that helps an old person pick something up that they have dropped. The shy smile between two young lovers that are yet to admit their feelings, or the penny someone picked up to make a wish on, or the penny someone dropped so that someone else could feel lucky…………yes I did do that, I read it in a book and thought it was lovely so now and then when I have a moment or the mood takes me, or I feel that the world needs a bit more luck, I scatter my pennies! Deal with it.
Do you stop at all to think, to reflect, to notice that beauty that is all around you? Don’t ignore it – don’t forget it – happiness is not just a tiffany’s box you know!
Happiness is a hot chocolate with extra whipped cream shared with your best friend.
Happiness is that bass beat thumping through your chest when you see your favourite band live.
Happiness is being with your friends and someone produces teacups and a nice bottle of wine.
Happiness is finding £10 in your old coat that you were about to donate.
Happiness is reading a really good book, curled up on the sofa all snug and warm.
Happiness is being out in the woods with the sun trickling through the trees and hearing children playing outside, laughing.
Happiness is seeing your child in their first nativity play.
Happiness is laughing so hard that your tummy ahces.
Happiness is feeling the warm sun on your bare skin for the first time that year.
Happiness is the warm belly of a puppy dog.
Happiness is the smell of freshly baked bread.
Happiness is finding the other end of the rainbow.
Happiness is a kind word or a thoughtful deed from someone unexpected.
Happiness is being appreciated.
Happiness is a sunset marking the end of one day and biding its time for the next – each one a true gift – each one of them a fresh start if you so choose to let it be.
Let it be.
Happiness is everywhere, it is all around you, each and every day. It doesn’t have to cost a penny; it is all there if you just let it be.