23. If it Makes You Happy | 31 Days

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Last night, I was gushing to the BF how much I love writing. Not just coming up with words and putting together sentences. I do like that but I love the act of writing. Having a good pen in my hand, the feel of ink on a page and the look of the letters between the lines. It’s so nerdy but I love it! I know I mentioned this in my post My Writer’s Heart, but I have to say again how much I love the look of handwriting on a page. It’s almost inexplicable but it makes me happy. 

Last night, my family gave me a bouquet a roses to congratulate my getting my diploma. The flowers make my desk look lovely. I love flowers. I love the way they make a room look graceful and homey. I love looking at them. It makes me happy.  

The things I really love about life are simple things. Ink on paper. A vase of flowers. Books lined up on a shelf. Piano music. Baking cookies. Time with my family. Singing my favorite songs. I’m not a complicated person but sometimes I allow myself to be a bit too complex. I’m not sure that’s really called for. Too often I let situations rob me of my simplicity. Life isn’t simple but that doesn’t mean I can’t be. 

I think that the older I get, the more I crave simplicity in how I live. I don’t want get to a point where the little things that make me happy to get swallowed up by the craziness around me. It happened during my busy college season and I wish I had been better about guarding a few precious moments with my notebook and pen, cookie dough in the kitchen, etc.. I’ve come to the conclusion that hustle seasons don’t mean that the simple things get kicked to the curb. In fact, it’s during the busy times that we need those things the most.

Even if it’s just for a few minutes. 

I’m not at all good at so many things but I’m working on them and I want to function from a place of joy and calm and beauty. And that means I have to take a little time for those simple things that make me happy, healthy, thoughtful, and present.

A good book. A bowl of my favorite pasta. My favorite playlist on Spotify. The scent of a nice candle. A walk in the park. A bouquet of fresh flowers.

Ink on paper.

If it makes you happy, if it brings you peace, if it reminds you of what’s important, if it brings you out of the chaos, if it slows you down, pay attention. God often gives gifts in small packages. Take time to open them. You won’t regret. He always knows just exactly what makes you happy.         

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12. Happiness | 31 Days

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Sara Groves’s 2009 record, Fireflies and Songs, has a song called Different Kinds of Happy. I loved it the first time I heard it. It’s about the difference in happiness between her wedding day and the moment, years later, coming out of marriage counseling knowing that they were going make it.

“It’s a sweet, sweet thing

Standing here with you and nothing to hide

Light shining down to our very inside

Sharing our secrets, bearing our souls

Helping each other come clean”

Sara Groves, Different Kinds of Happy

I’m not married so I can’t relate completely but I love it anyway cause I do believe there are various degrees of happiness all around our lives.

There’s the happiness of listening your nephews tell you the cool thing they just did.

There’s the happiness of playing a board game with your family.

There’s the happiness of a good book and a quiet evening.

It’s not complex or complicated. It’s the simple and steady. And the serendipitous and all-consuming.

There’s the happiness of coming out of extreme pain and knowing you’re going to be just fine.

There’s the happiness of a first date and then, a year later, the happiness of a familiar hug.

And like she talks about in the song, there’s happiness of being honest and real with someone and feeling secure in their love and transparency. you can’t get to that place in a day or two or even one or two years.

Happiness comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors. But I think that the deeper moments of happiness come after the challenging times when you can look back and see how far you’ve come and look ahead and see how far you get to go. Deeper challenges, deeper experiences, can make for deeper happiness afterward.

Sure, happiness is finding a piece of chocolate at the bottom of your purse when you’re late getting lunch but it’s also looking at your kid brother after you’ve had a fight and knowing that no matter what, he’s still got your back.

I think back to what made me happy 10 years ago. Man. While many of the same things still make me happy, experience has shown me a different kind of happiness that I couldn’t have anticipated. You just can’t until you’ve come through. And 10 years from now, I’ll think the exact same thing. There are different kinds of happy that you can see in your life now. There are different kinds of happy and sometimes only a later you will fully understand. 

I wish those two could see us now

They never would believe that there are different kinds of happy”

Sara Groves, Different Kinds of Happy

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