Friday, July 15, 2011

Little Moments of Happiness

Happiness is the quintessential pursuit of mankind.  But sometimes we live an entire life chasing this, sometimes elusive emotion.  If we only we realized that happiness is to be as as much enjoyed in the journey as much as it is  in the goal.

"Being Happy does not mean that everything is Perfect.  It means that you have decided to look
beyond the Imperfections". 

Today i sat down and listed little things which give me  instant happiness, without scaling any lofty heights.

Petrichor, or scent of rain on dry Earth.

Sitting in a parked car and enjoying the sudden unexpected rains as they pitter patter on the roof and make the window panes blurred of everything except the falling rain.

Seeing the Rangoon Creeper in my  garden in  full bloom, with endless bunches  of red and pink flowers.

The first,  tender  green  leaves on the  Gulmohar tree, signalling the end of Winter and  arrival of Spring.

An Avenue lined with Cassia Fistula , or the Golden Shower tree, exhibiting a  brilliant bloom  of Yellow flowers devoid of a single green leaf.

Meeting an old college friend after 28 years.

Younger daughter who never ventured alone, making it to her Institute in Delhi  and back home on her own  on her first day.

Celebrating daughter's graduation with  a Lavish 5 star Buffet Dinner.

Discovering old photographs which had been lost since decades.

A day of pampering at the Beauty Parlour.

When a song you have been trying to remember for a long time,  is played on the FM as you drive your car.

Home Delivery of your favorite foods, Italian or South Indian

When an Apparel that catches your fancy in the Window,  costs just as much as the money in your purse on that unexpected day.

Going down memory lane with your siblings.

A plateful of cut premium Mangoes on a hot Summer day.

When you successfully manage to make an online transaction,  after several failed attempts for that coveted bargain.

Rediscovering the joy of Music by listening to your collection of CDs

Wheel chairing Mum to the Verandah for her routine bath, instead of the  'sponge'.

Wheel chairing Mum to the Pandal of our 25th Wedding Anniversary celebrations  and seeing her have a wonderful time after being confined in the house for a long time.

Wheel chairing Mum into the Living room for the monthly Kitty party where she enjoys the Games, Tambola, Snacks, Laughter and Gossip.

It is rightly said:  "No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore, you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life that you want to change"

                                                                    - Barbara de Angelis

All that is required to be happy  is a positive mindset, Hope, Faith and some dose of patience. So clear your mind of cobwebs of desire and enjoy the little things that make you and your loved ones happy.