"I found myself again one morning when I opened the window
and smelled the fresh daisies growing in my backyard.
I ran outside and danced under the sunshine
and nothing had felt that warm in a long time.
The rays on my skin and the grass beneath my feet,
nothing had been that normal in so long.
I found myself in the novels I read
and the country music I played while riding shotgun.
I found myself while walking along the beach
and witnessing the sun setting down.
It was beautiful, and when the sun rose the next day,
I found myself while trying to tie my curtains up.
I made myself some hot tea and I thought to myself,
"I'm going to be alright."
Because I found myself while pacing down the open roads at midnight.
And I laughed under the stars
and I remember that the world is much bigger than I am
and there is so much more out there than what we have.
I found myself while tracing back my footprints along the sand
and listening to the waters rush along the creeks.
I found the warmth of living."
One of my yoga instructors shared this recently in a class (Simply Yoga in Lemont is awesome!) and it really resonated with me. And while I suspect this is about depression or the aftermath of a tragedy or something very serious, I still got a lot out of it.
It's so easy to get caught up in the chaos that is this society... work... technology... keeping up with everyone around us... but when you really think about what makes you happy, I think you'll be able to find it all around you, no matter what your circumstances.
What are we if not the things that we enjoy?
Sunshine-goosebumps on my skin, a stack of books, a cup of tea, making my kids laugh, my husband's hugs, exploring nature, caring for my garden, hearing the ocean, swimming in a lake, being barefoot, yoga, a beautiful day, a morning rainstorm... these are the sorts of things that make me happy to be here.
And they are all so simple. We all need to slow down and appreciate the things that make us happy.
Where do you find your happiness in the everyday?