There are many other things I would like to be doing now, but at the same time I think it is very important to recognize small moments that may occur in the course of a day, that make you happy. Moments that matter, that may be out of the ordinary or may not be. And stock them up for when you have a shortage of them later.
So here are my moments for today, of which a surprising amount occurred:
1. Madeline (I will call her Madeline as a penname) greeted me enthusiastically when I came downstairs and told me she loved my book so far and that she "felt like she was actually there in the cities I was writing about."
2. Mark (also a pen name) telling me that "You're always in a good mood, it's nice to come home to someone in a good mood," when I greeted him when he got home tonight. I was a little surprised but pleased at that comment.
3. A good friend telling me that he would "always be grateful to me for giving him true friendship for the first time in his life." Man. With a statement like that, how can not smile? It feels so good to be meaningful to another person.
4. A relative telling me enthusiastically that she "really, really, really liked" my book, and telling me why. And a 40 minute discussion about it. That was fun, and good encouragement and motivation to work on getting the book self-published, too.
Wow. Today, I actually feel like I mean something to some people. That is a feeling I do not often have. And I like it.
Now to return to the regularly scheduled program, which probably includes working on my book and possibly researching things about cabs in an attempt to maybe write a future article on them.
I won't go into the things I am frustrated about as I hope they will resolve, as all things do sooner rather than later, and I am trying to be grateful right now.
And work on my book. So then I can figure out ways to promote it, sell it, whatever. That would be really cool.
Do you make efforts to try to be attuned to small moments of pleasure and meaning in your daily life? Does it help make up for all the not-so-good times?
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