So a bunch of people have asked me what’s up with numbering the days on my posts recently. Well maybe not a bunch, more like a couple of people, ok, one friend and my daughter but a recent post by the Lesser Photographer informed me that all I need is 1, as he says, “1 fan can give your work all the meaning it ever needs.” By the way, that post is well worth the read, you can find it here if you are interested. Anyway, why I am giving the days numbers on my posts? Well I decided that for 2016, I would embark on a year-long photography project. My goal is to take a picture every day of something that made me happy, even if, actually especially if, it was the most fleeting of feelings. So far, it has been wonderful, it really has made a big difference. Not only do I find myself mindful, and oh so grateful, of each happy moment, I have also found myself deliberately going out of my way to seek out the moments that make me happy. So, as of right now, I would rate my project a smashing success. The only thing that it is missing is an official name, preferably something concise, you know like something I might be able to use for a hashtag (hint, hint), anyone have any suggestions? If you do have suggestions, I would love to hear them, please leave them in the comment section below. Also if anyone is interested in my posts so far, you can see them on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. Thank you for visiting, your support makes me happy every day!
By the way, I got the quote and picture from "20 Beautiful Quotes About Mindful Living", you can find it here, Happy Friday, everyone!!
Before I get to the heart of today's post, I would like to start with a blogging note. As I mentioned last week, I have embarked on a project for this year that involves taking a picture a day. I have found that this project lends itself more to posts on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, rather than a full-fledged blog post. So for the next couple of months, most of my interaction will take place on those forums rather than this blog. So if you don’t find anything here on a certain day, please check out those venues (links are above). But that is not to say that I will abandon this entirely, I will post here if I feel that my daily post lends itself to more of a lengthy discourse. And guess what? Today is one of those days!!
On to Day 6 - The book Wonder. This book makes me so happy. I am listening to it in the library with my 5th grade classes. I read it a couple of years ago and it is no less impressive the second time around. As a matter of fact, I think that I am getting more out of it this time. I certainly love hearing my students' observations, they are quite insightful and sensitive. There was also one certain part yesterday that really got to me. For anyone that has not read it, the main character was born with a severe facial deformity and has never gone to school before entering a private school in 5th grade. As you can imagine, he faces quite a few challenges which prompts another character to comment that, "Let's face it, […] the universe was not kind to Auggie Pullman" But when another character is contemplating this, he comes to this conclusion, “No, no, it's not all random, if it really was all random, the universe would abandon us completely. and the universe doesn't. it takes care of its most fragile creations in ways we can't see. like with parents who adore you blindly. and a big sister who feels guilty for being human over you. and a little gravelly-voiced kid whose friends have left him over you. and even a pink-haired girl who carries your picture in her wallet. maybe it is a lottery, but the universe makes it all even out in the end. the universe takes care of all its birds.” Wow, how much better of a world would it be if we all had that attitude. In addition to the joy of listening it at school, I am also currently reading the short story of another character, Charlotte. Her story is entitled, Shingaling. There are other short stories that go along with the story, The Julian Chapter and Pluto. I just love that the author realizes that we readers want more. It has been fascinating to get to know some of the other characters and hear their side of the story and to realize that things are not always as clear cut and simple as they seem. The work and world of Wonder definitely makes me happy. .
At one point this morning, I thought to myself, “Why does the house seem so weird this morning?” And then I realized it was because I was the only one home! And it was really quiet, so quiet in fact that I could hear all of the creaky noises that freak me out. And the noises seemed especially fierce today since the wind was whipping. I honestly felt like the Tom Cruise character in the movie A Few Good Men when he is musing about what the inside of a courtroom looked like. I thought to myself, “So, this is what an empty house feels like?” Because I haven’t been alone in my house for something like 17 straight days. You may be tempted to think that this would be the thing that made me happy today but you know what? It wasn’t, I prefer my house when my people are here. Why I don't know since it is not like they pay much attention to me, they mostly just watch hours of Netflix and ask me incessantly what we have to eat but still. I like it when they are here because then the house becomes the home. Happy Monday, everyone!!
In a book that I read recently, one of the characters made an observation that stuck with me, "I got back into the car thinking how lucky I was to be aware of happiness. Most people don't recognize their good fortune until it has departed." How true is that? I am definitely guilty of this lately. It also made me realize that being happy isn't necessarily hard, holding on to the feeling and cherishing, that is the hard part. So since I need to shake things up around, I have decided to start a new photography project. I am going to take a picture of something that makes me happy every day, even if, actually especially if, it is the most fleeting of feelings. And even though this is a project for 2016, I am going to bend the rules a bit (just starting and already bending the rules, this ought to be interesting) and begin with last night. For the past few years, we have spent New Year's Eve with my friend and her family, most notably her mom and her two sisters. My friend calls them the "aunt"ourage and spending time with them always makes me happy, especially when they are good enough sports to wear the glasses from the Googly Eyes game! And for today's offering, my right foot. I literally got my year started on the right foot when I went out for a 3 1/2 mile run this morning. It was a bit chilly at first but it was a beautiful morning and the perfect way to clear my head and get the year off to a great start! Happy New Year to you all, I hope that many moments of happiness come your way!!