Thursday, December 17, 2009

Enjoying the Scenery

A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery while on a detour. ~Author Unknown

I like to think that I'm the type of person who is generally a happy soul, one who even in the dark times can find some reason to smile and find a little slice of happiness. Even on days that have been trying there is always something that will bring me a true genuine feeling of complete and utter bliss. Two wonderful bloggers, Lisa and Katie, passed on the Happy 1o1 which is all about focusing on what makes us happy. Because I'm happy its Friday, I've deemed it entirely appropriate to list a few of life's moments that bring me pure happiness.

1. Being greeted by my dog every single time I walk in the door, even if I've just stepped outside to go to the mailbox. The ritual of walking in the door is followed by excessive tail wagging, an adorable cry only a dog owner can love, and a full on body wiggle -- all on the part of my dog. Its nice to be met with such excitement.

2. Taking the first few sips of a steamy chocolate raspberry chai, especially if it means a trip to the coffee house with a friend.

3. Unexpected phone calls, text messages, or actual handwritten letters from my friends because it means I've crossed their minds, even if its a message as simple as "have a great day."

4. Those last few moments before I drift off to sleep where I try to clear my mind, count my blessings, and say a silent prayer of thanks.

5. Randomly coming across a small gift that immediately reminds me of a friend, so I can pick it up and send it to them, especially for no reason at all.

6. Tasting a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie that is only slightly cooled and not quite baked all the way through that literally melts in my mouth.

7. Waking up only to realize that I can roll over and go back to sleep for another hour or so.

8. Thoughtful blog comments and reading blog posts that are so beautifully written they literally take my breath away.

9. Going to one of my favorite spots on a hill to just breathe in the fresh air, the sights and sounds of nature, and completely letting everything go.

10. When I stop thinking so hard and simply acknowledge the endless possibilities that lie before me. It helps me realize that I should quit trying so hard to figure out the details of the journey and just enjoy the scenery along the way.

20 comments:

Amber (Girl with the red hair) said...

Isn't it great having a pet greet you at the door? Webster certainly isn't as excited as a dog, but every time I come home he is at the door waiting for me, rubbing up against the wall and purring. I love it!

And FYI: Your posts are so beautifully written that they take my breath away ALL the time!

Pam said...

I absolutely love your posts. You either make me cry, laugh or think. You are truly gifted at writing. xoxo

Ashley said...

I am so looking forward to #7.

SoMi's Nilsa said...

Talk about a blog post that is "beautifully written ... [and] literally take[s] my breath away" ... nice job, Mandy. This is a great post!

nory said...

Great list though I expected nothing less from you! The chocolate chip cookie thing? Heck yes. I think I will have to make some tonight =)

Kyla Roma said...

#7 Was me today, and it was just amazing.

I'm naturally a little moody & brooding these days so I need more happy lists. One of the happy items I'm working on is re-doing my craft room. It's going to be so much more cozy & beautiful when I finish!

looking4#3 said...

The idea of a happy, tail-wagging dog waiting anxiously at the door for me on any given day---that in itself could have me running to the nearest pet shelter!!!
I couldn't agree more with Pam--you are amazing writer and so gifted!!!! But, I think I tell you that EVERY comment!!!

Elle Bee... said...

Your post made me think of this quote from the Color Purple: "I think it pisses God off when you walk by the color purple in a field and don't notice it."

This post is so happy and fabulous. So great. xoxo

Little Fish said...

Great list!!

Frank said...

Fresh chocolate chip cookies are amazing...


This was an excellent, excellent post. I'll have to write me something' like this one of these days.

fuchsiag said...

I love your entire top ten!!

Coming home to a loving pet is the best thing ever. Every single day I come home to my little cat who'll do a little jump for me when I pet her, follow me to the front door so I can check the mailbox and then hop up on my shoulder while I open the front door so we can do it together.

Pets are the best :)

But maybe warm chocolate chip cookies would be a close second...

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Fantastic post!! That is such a great list. Especially #10. I need to remember that more often!!

I'm so glad we've become blog friends. now we just need to meet up in real life! :)

justatitch said...

What a great list, Mandy. Made me smile.

Auburn Kat said...

I've really been trying to be more positive lately and for the most part I have been. I'm going to try my hardest to continue in to the New Year!

amanda said...

these kind of lists make me so happy!

Adventures In China said...

I love the one about finding small gifts you know a friend would love. I've never read it articulated so well. I agree, it is a joy!

What a beautiful list, thanks for reminding me how much joy there is in everyday life.

Maris said...

I love all of your cheerful and inspiring posts!

Bayjb said...

There are so many things on your list that I love too. And your number one reason about your dog is the main reason why I want one too. The idea that someone is so excited to see me every time I come in makes me happy.

Katie said...

I love your list I have to agree with #1. It makes me especially happy. There is just nothing like a dog to make life beautiful.

LBluca77 said...

"Waking up only to realize that I can roll over and go back to sleep for another hour or so"

I am so with you on this one. Especially when it is cold out and you are all snuggly in your warm bed.