Today I kind of felt there wasn’t a lot to feel happy about, because my poor Sid is not doing at all well, and isn’t able to get up and down comfortably – and this afternoon he threw up in the lounge, which is most unlike him. Add to that that the fact that my neck is worse than it’s been for a long time and you can see what I mean.
But then I began thinking about ‘How to be Happy!’ and I realised that in fact there have been exactly the same number of reasons to smile this week as there usually are, and all I had to do was look at them properly.
So to begin with, up at the top there, is one of the sweetest faces belonging to one of the sweetest dogs: our lovely Sid. Doesn’t it just make you smile? Don’t you want to hug that hound? Well, and so you could if you were here, because there’s nothing Sid likes better. Though many dogs don’t like hugs at all, Sid would be in heaven.
And then I opened the fridge and found the pieces of Italian cheese which I’d bought from the Italian street market. I didn’t know it was there, but I’d unexpectedly come across it when I went into town a few days ago to get my neck fixed by the chiropractor.
I’ve been enjoying those cheeses. First the soft goat cheese went, spread onto toast for lunch, then the other two whose names I have completely forgotten … but one was rather like a young Pecorino and the other reminded me of Taleggio, if that helps!
The Italians in the street market also had a wonderful selection of hot chocolate powders. If you’ve never tasted Italian hot chocolate .. .well, let me just say it usually puts a big smile on the face of seasoned chocolate drinkers. We simply do not do hot chocolate like this, except in places like Harrods. Smooth, dense, dark, and not particularly sweet. Delicious!
And lastly, a few weeks ago when we were walking in the town park, we saw a lot of this sort of thing -
The tree guys had been in and cut down quite a number of trees. You could see quite clearly that most needed to go, by the dark stains on the wood inside, and in some there were great holes left by disease. But they left the wood it was safe to leave, piled up quite artistically, for children to clamber over and insects to burrow into and as shelter for various other forms of wildlife.
Then, this week, what did we see?
The tree guys were back! But this time, they were planting new trees to take the place of the old ones which had had to go.
And that made me happy, too!
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You see, it’s my belief that the things that make us happy people or unhappy people are not the big events, but the accumulation of little things. You just have to develop the habit of noticing them.
I think I’ve proved that to myself, this week.