Shot Of Thanks #8

I am thankful for the evening sky, a soft end to a good day.

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Shot of Thanks #7

I’m thankful for the trees in my garden which give me shade in summer,
bare branches in winter,
and texture all year round.

I’m also thankful for the lovely rural views I enjoy, I like looking at my neighbours highland cattle with their shaggy coats and long horns.  They are quite friendly (being hand-raised) and if I pick some tree tips they will come up and eat them from my hand.

Cows

Shot of Thanks #5

I am grateful for having to travel 70+minutes and 65kms each way to work every day.

Well, actually I’m not grateful that I have to travel that much as it costs a lot in petrol, but I am thankful that I have a reliable vehicle to do it in, and I am grateful that most of it is country highway driving which gives me time to look at the passing scenery.  I have really enjoyed the last two evenings drive home because they have included the sight of beautiful cloud formations.

Tonight, in fact, there were lots of “Mother Ship” cloud formations.  Don’t know what a Mother Ship cloud looks like?  Imagine a big fat ovoid of solid fluff, red running stripe down the centre of the cloud – that’s it – A Mother Ship Cloud – MSC for short.  There were many, many of all sizes tonight, long slim cigars, fatter sleek sports blimps, small cutters and huge carrier ships.   I’m actually a bit worried that THEY really are here – and hiding behind the fake MSC formations.

Needless to say, I did not get a chance to stop and take a photo before the light was too low to make it worthwhile, but I did visually soak it up, and it was glorious.

To make reparations for the lack of MSC photos, please accept this “edited” version of our sunset from the last day of April.  In reality it was glorious, deep reds across the sky, and I have just “deepened” it a bit in the editing for pure indulgence.

April Sunset - edited(2)

I hope that your life is filled with many moments to be thankful for.

Shot of Thanks #4

I am thankful for baby bottles on the sink – it means my daughter and grandson have been down for the weekend.

I am thankful for cheese – the standard “tasty” that satisfies my tastebuds.  (I probably shouldn’t be thankful that it has diminished 7/8 since I bought it on Saturday! – in my defence some of it was used in cooking, and being eaten by 3 others).

I am thankful for my doona cover, even though it must be at least 15+ years old, I still love it, and it’s a nice heavy weight which is great as we move into the cooler nights of Autumn.

I wish you many things to be thankful for in your life.

 

 

Shot of Thanks #3

I am thankful for my mobility – something I tend to take for granted until I get a wake up call.

I am thankful for rain – it’s been dry for a fair while here, and a brief rain last week gave much needed freshness (and the wonderful smell of water on hot dirt).

I am thankful for my senses: sight, smell, touch and sound – being in the garden indulges them all.  The intricacies of flowers, the aroma of lavender heads as they are picked is intoxicating, the feel of my hands in the dirt, the sound of birds flitting in the trees.

I hope your week is filled with all good things.

Reblog – I’ve been thinking about…happiness

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I’ve been thinking about happiness.

All the different ways we humans try to find it, strive for it, keep it, pretend about it and encourage it.

There is so much in social media about “how to be happy”, “do this to be happy”, “blah, blah, blah happy” – and some of it is worthwhile, a lot of it is irritating, and large part of it is just advertising for “the next big thing”, or indeed, the last “slightly-small-thing-that-has-been-rehashed” – and most of it is absolute rubbish!

Despite attempts by many people to improve social media with positive images and messages (which, actually, sometime have the complete opposite effect on me), I don’t think you’re going to usually find meaningful “happiness” on the internet.  If you have been one of the lucky ones to do so, I congratulate you.

So, I’ve been thinking about “being happy” – and what does that mean to other people?  I have a cousin who famously/infamously (well, within a small portion of my family anyway) said “I don’t do happy”; part of me admired that and part of me was appalled.  The expectations that we should present a happy facade, most of, if not all of, the time has always been a see-saw contradiction for me.

Let me tell you what I mean….

A while ago, well a few years ago actually, a new person started where I worked.  They came with an attitude of “happiness” – by this I mean that if you asked them how they were (as you tend to do with those you work with) you would get “extraordinary, fantastic, great” or similar descriptives.  They explained that they wanted to look at the world positively, to stop being as negative as they had been, and had decided to do it this way.

Ok, that sounded like a good idea, I thought, I might try that.

So I did, for a while.

For a while it made me happy, but then I started to feel deceitful, and became resentful of saying “I’m fine, things are great” when I really didn’t feel that way.  Was it wrong to tell the truth about how I was feeling?  Did I have to try and make other people feel happy by telling them what they would prefer to hear, rather than what I wanted to say?  Was my state of mind, my happiness (even when I wasn’t really happy), less important than theirs?

I came to the conclusion that, ironically, sometimes my happiness depends on me not pretending to be happy!  I don’t need to be the doom and gloom of the party, I don’t need to bore you with whatever is making me unhappy, but if you ask me “how are you?” on one of those days, you’re going to get a variable answer – depending on where you sit on my “closeness” scale.

I want to be positive, and I am practicing and becoming better at it, because being positive in thought and actions does have a good impact on your life.  Even when it isn’t completely true it can still have meaning to me, when I know that I am trying to reach a level of “feel good” but I just need a teeny bit of self-pretend motivation to get me past the bump on the path.

Being free to be true to myself, and speak truly about that, is the base of my happiness … and I won’t sacrifice that just to make someone else happy.

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This is a reblog from my business blog – I have disabled comments here, but would really appreciate that, if you feel moved to comment, you leave them on the original post – via I’ve been thinking …happiness — A Handful of Time