Common Things

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I ran across this quote the other day, read it, and thought to myself… Wow, this really applies to my life right now.  At a time when I am feeling generally unsettled in many aspects, I have to say that this helped, and it rang true for me.  I find that I am happiest when I can notice all of the ordinary things in my day that are beautiful, funny, or just good.  It’s when I overlook these things that I start to feel panicked and anxious — worried for the future, angry at certain aspects of my life, and uncomfortable in my current situation.

Grey and I have it so good.  We have families who care for us, we have a pretty home to live in for the time being while we save up for one of our own, we have good jobs…  So where does this feeling come from within me?  I have heard the quote, Comparison is the thief of joy,” so many times — and it is so, so true.  It’s something I struggle with on a daily basis, and the days that I struggle with it more are noticeably less happy than those that I do what I do, and let other people do what they do, without comparison.

So for today, I thought I would make a short list of the common things that I extract happiness from; the things that, if I notice them, they make me smile and fill me up with joy.  The list became long when I started to think about things…but here are just a few…

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 Sharing ice cream with my pup.  He always knows when the cones come out to follow me wherever I go.  I just can’t resist that face and vanilla mustache!

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 Having a place to drink my coffee or eat my breakfast outside.  This is my favorite little corner, and this past week the mornings have been cool enough to enjoy this space again.  I can’t wait to create a cozy coffee area in our someday-house.

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 Flowers of any kind…but especially orchids.  Is there anything friendlier?

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 Elevating the everyday…  Taking a brunch and making it special with a simple table setting. Even doing something special for dinner…  This is our Easter table from this year.  I love the little things that my mother-in-law does to make dining and family time special for all of us.  It makes me feel comfortable and it’s one of the memories that I will always keep about her.

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 And finally — any meal, whatsoever, where this is my view.  The love of my life, the one who keeps my strong, and who is strong for me when I cannot be.

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