REFLECTIONS ON CHANGE, SPIRITUALITY, BELIEF, FAITH, PRAYER, AND MORE
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Monday 2/1/10 - "HAPPINESS"
"HAPPINESS 101" BLOG AWARD
Enchanted Oak blessed me a few days ago with a "Happiness 101" blog award. Yesterday I was double-blessed by receiving this same "Happiness 101" award from Little M at Came to Believe.
I am to name ten things that make me happy. I think I'll start with #1 being that reading these two blogs makes me happy.
So here I go. Ten things that make me happy:
#1 - Reading the Enchanted Oak and Came to Believe blogs as well as all the blogs I follow makes me happy.
#2 - Picking up a new book, getting "hooked" within the first chapter, and then being able to anticipate and enjoy with pleasure each and every page from beginning to end is happiness personified for me.
#3 - When I am in church attending mass I am happy. I feel at one with God in the sanctuary. I hear Him speak to me through the words read and spoken. There are certain parts of the mass that fill me with peace such as when the priest says "protect us from all anxiety" and again when he says, "I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed." I experience a renewal of faith, trust, and hope.
#4 - I am happy when I try out a new recipe and I and others like it. I made a baked brie and a peanut butter pie around Christmas that were both big hits.
#5 - Anytime nature blesses me with a personal gift I am happy. Last spring the cycle of birth played out for me when a duck laid her eggs in a rocky area outside my front door. I watched that mama duck faithfully sit on those eggs and guard them for many months. Then they hatched and off trotted the little ducklings into the wide world. Two days ago I discovered an egg laid in the same spot and last night another one. Another gift in the making?
#6 - My daughter's dog makes me laugh, makes me happy. We play chase the bone and take walks. He is affectionate and follows me wherever I go. He is always there to greet me when I enter the house. I'm never alone.
#7 - When a poem "comes to me" and it feels whole and complete when I finish it, I am happy in the deepest part of me.
#8 - I am happy going out to eat with my girlfriends on a "girls' night out". There is always lots of camaraderie, conversation, laughing, silliness, and love.
#9 - I am happy when I am in the silence, in the quiet with God.
#10 - Number 10 is a little different. This is a wish that if fulfilled would make me very happy. I would love to have a day that was devoted 100% to my husband and me - from the moment our eyes open to the moment they close. We would enjoy every minute of that day doing whatever we decided would please us. I would carry the happiness of such an experience in my heart for a very long time.
I'm sober in AA since July 5th 1985, and a grateful member of Alanon since November 2004.
I joined the "blogosphere" in September, 2008.
In December 2011 I became a grandmother for the first time and now understand why it's such a big deal. I'm wildly in love again with that little guy.