Every Monday, I start my week by highlighting what made me happy from the previous week, because I believe we multiply what we focus on, and that gratitude is the first step in learning how to be happier.
Sometimes, happiness bursts into our lives with much fanfare and hoopla. We achieve goals, realize dreams, or make monumental changes that make us happier. But usually, happiness seeps in quietly among the day-to-day business of getting by. Most often, happiness is found in the little things.
This was a week of beautiful little things.
We helped my mother-in-law get the patio furniture she’d bought weeks ago finally set out, and it was so pretty. We spent a few hours sitting outside at night during the week and on Mother’s Day. My mother-in-law doesn’t just sit very often, so I was especially thrilled to see her just sit and enjoy her home. Plus, I have been loving having a nice place to lounge in the sun. Have I mentioned my in-law’s house is way nicer than any place I’ve ever lived? It’s a heck of a place to be homeless for a few months!
Before I moved to Florida, I used to help coach the high school drill team with my best friend Erin. This week she asked me to come up and judge try outs for next year’s team. It was so much fun to be a part of that again for a little bit! I love working with the girls, and Erin invited me to help out this summer with camp if I wanted. I think I might take her up on it – keeps me feeling young.
Speaking of young…
Ah, yes. Happiness really is found in the little things. I got to spend Mother’s Day surrounded by little ones – and one child of mine who is not near as little anymore.
That child spent his own money (and some of his father’s) to buy me a new suitcase, a red one with four spinning wheels! He also made me a card and breakfast in bed, which came complete with a banana since he “knows you don’t eat toast, Mom.” I was so touched by his thoughtfulness.
On top of all those little moments, Jared wrote me a post for Mother’s Day. I’m a sucker for public declarations of love.
What were the highlights of your week?