Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens Bright copper kettles and warm woollen mittens Brown paper packages tied up with strings These are a few of my favorite things . . . ….. When the dog bites, when the bee stings When I’m feeling sad I simply remember my favourite things And then I don’t feel so bad*
Oh well, we all know how this favourite song goes. In this instant gratification, fast moving era, happiness is not only transitory but lost in the need for ever-lasting comfort. The small, tiny things capable of turning around every depressing thought is more or less reduced to a song from the 80’s.
I wonder how many of us stop by the sea in the evening to just hear the waves lash against the rocks, or watch the large orange sun drop into the sea? Or open a beer on a lazy Sunday while cleaning the house you so painstakingly curated? Or make a packet of Maggi, too lazy to cook anything else? Or simply convert your bean bag into your bed for the next couple of days to finish this really interesting book? Or smile when the ending is just as you thought it would be? Or bend down and stop to play with a stray kitten? Or smile on our way back home knowing fully well it is as tiring as work? Or be grateful for a chocolate that mysteriously popped up on your desk when you were craving sweet? Have you ever felt happy that the meeting you really wanted to avoid got cancelled?
Happiness is in the smell of the first shower on parched earth. The wet red mud smell… Happiness is re-reading an old favourite just to laugh and cry at those exact moments stored in your head. And oh, the old book smell. Happiness is a cold water swim after a hectic workout. Happiness is waking up one hour early, completely fresh. Happiness is the early morning walk you have been meaning to take. Happiness is the thick chocolate milkshake on a cheat day. Happiness is the radio playing that old song you love but don’t know the name of. Happiness is coming home to a happy face. Happiness is just getting the time to catch the last show of the movie you really wanted to watch. Happiness is reaching home just in time to catch the beginning of your daily television show. Happiness is a warm cup of green tea on a bad throat day. Cracking a simple idea in the most unlikely place. A complimentary head wash when you just don’t feel like doing it yourself. Happiness is found in the strangest corners and yet we make quick turns without acknowledging it. Funny how we live our lives this way.
*For those who couldn’t guess the song, its My Favourite Things by Julie Andrews for The Sound of Music