If we allow ourselves to become whiny, complaining and self-woeful, we just might miss the important things, the people and events that enrich us, that make us thankful, and happy to be living. The operative here is happy. Yes, there may be obstacles for us to avoid or master, but we do and we are happy for being presented the challenge. And persevering. But it shouldn’t take a lot to make us happy. We see it in our normal life, but don’t pay attention to these. But with a prompt from Linda, it becomes clearer.To begin, six things that make me happy:
- To always have dinner with the lovely Patti. To talk about all things, great or not, mundane or impressive. To just linger and converse.
- The occasional contact with our kids in college. I spoke by phone with daughter Allegra today. You remember them when they were small, but how poised they become as they grow.
- My vehicle. Not so much per se about my Ford van with 140,000 miles, with beginning rust and a strong V8. But the freedom I have that allows me and wheelchair to drive places, to enjoy independence without always having to rely on others to get to those places.
- To try to create a tasty meal without a recipe and using what we have on hand. Give me chicken broth, celery, onions, butter and canned diced tomatoes with whatever meat, pasta or rice we might have on hand. It is nice to make something that is more than just edible, but tasty as well.
- My memories, and the photos that capture those memories. I am scanning many old photos these days, and seeing a particular moment jump at me, when the kids were little, or even when I was. I can say “I remember that!”.
- Our home. We have made the place wheelchair accessible everywhere with 36” wide doors, huge accessible bathroom with roll in shower, laminate floors for easy travel. We need many upgrades, and they will occur at some point. But I have access house wide…
There it is, six things (of so many) that make me happy. We shouldn’t complain, but recognize the things in our lives that leave us with a sense of contentment, the people that matter to us and the possibilities we face.