All that’s been going on around these parts is the Big Flood. The National Disaster. The National Guard people and Humvees at every corner, sand bags and detours and fish all confused, swimming in the street.
And lots and lots of people in lots and lots of pain over the loss of their homes, belongings, peace of mind.
There’s just nothing funny about that.
I had this same problem following the earthquake in Haiti. How can I write some goofy column when so many are dead, dying, suffering?
The world is a terrible place. The world is a wonderful place. It just depends on what kind of day you’re having.
I like to think of this column as one of the small good things that can maybe provide a smile, a LOL or maybe even a LMAO!
One of my students asked me not too long ago how to be happy. I told him I don’t know.
I think happiness is an individual thing. Kind of like your eye color, or your target heart rate.
But I told him what works for me.
I am able to maintain a healthy degree of happiness by remembering to enjoy all the little things. After all, you can’t count on too many great, big happy things, not every day can be Christmas morning, but there are all kinds of little happy things, little unnoticed miracles, all day long, pretty much every day.
Like kids barefoot and laughing and catching fish in the middle of Route 18 – right smack in the middle of a National Disaster.
So, back then, when the earthquake happened, and my student was trying to find a way to be happy, I felt compelled to compile a list of all the little things in life that make me happy:
70 degree day in March
“Sex in the City”
wine – all kinds
matzoh ball soup
those little umbrellas you put in drinks
the Heat Meiser and all those claymation Christmas shows
a big, fat, orange, rising June full moon
Susan Boyle when she sang on that show
“Charlotte’s Web” the book
riding the chairlift with my kids
riding the chairlift without my kids
fresh cut grass
making a great spinning CD
singing really loud in the car
patio tomatoes with fresh mozzarella, olive oil and balsamic vinegar
the frogs in summer
Milky Way ice cream
a fire – indoors our outdoors
jumping on the trampoline
the end of school bell
my morning coffee
And so on and so on.
And that’s all I can think of lately when I drive past these homes that are now sitting in the lake and see all the things ruined and lost.
Sometimes all you have are the little things.
And a lot of the time, if you string them all together you can make one big happy.
So, if you have your own list of all the little things, please comment back and post it. I could use another smile today.