"I thought of happiness, how it is woven
Out of the silence in the empty house each day
And how it is not sudden and it is not given
But is creation itself like the growth of a tree."
(from the poem "The Work of Happiness" by May Sarton)
Happiness...it springs from a moment of contentment. I think of peace as being an extended, deep contentment, and happiness is a moment in time within that. I sit here quietly and listen. The house is full of blessing. My heart skips as the spirits of love, abundance, nature, creativity and everyday magic embrace me...
Today I find myself frequently delighting in the small moments of an ordinary day, and feeling so thankful for them...Like the pink tulips on the shelf, singing their promise of spring. The comfort of a hot cup of a tea on this cold winter's day. Meditating while chopping vegetables for dinner. Watering the plants and having a conversation with each of them. Seeing Charlie curled up asleep on the bed. Emails from family and friends. The companionship and sharing of the day as Dear Husband and I work at home.
Happiness is an inner cultivation. Like the expanding rings of a tree, happiness grows within us, layer by layer. All the layers gathering, a glittering collection of memories, like jewels in a box. And we can take them out, hold them up to the light and rejoice. Happiness grows within us. If we are careful enough, and quiet enough, we can hear and see it growing. And by our choice we can make it an outward gift to ourselves and others. Happiness...
Treat yourself to some HAPPY today! :o)