Ever hear the saying, “look at the doughnut, not the hole”? This means that the focus should be on the doughnut, not the hole where there is no doughnut. Same thing with happiness; when you look for it, it’s there.
Too many times in my life I’ve looked at all the bad, frustrating, anger-making things and not paid enough attention to all that is GOOD in my life. And there is so much good in my life, past and present. Goodness and happiness are always around us; we just need to take the time to see it.
For example, I’m a big fan of clouds; they make me happy. I make it a point to take a good look at them each day to see what they’re up to. The big puffy cumulus clouds can look like so many things; teddy bears and running dogs and angels with huge wings. The thin and wispy cirrus clouds stretch silvery-white strands in all directions and patterns. Then there are those colorful clouds in the morning and at dusk. They are never the same, and are always beautiful.
Sometimes the Crankee Yankee and I, accompanied by some of the cats, sit out on the screened-in back porch and watch the fire flies come winking their lights at dusk. Around that time, our resident skunks like to come out and feast on the kibble we leave out for them underneath the bird feeder.
We enjoy the evening show, and, like the walrus and the carpenter, we like to sit and:
“*Talk of many things:
Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax–
Of cabbages–and kings–
And why the sea is boiling hot–
And whether pigs have wings.”
It makes a pleasant end to a good day. And that’s part of seeing the happy.
*From Lewis Carroll’s poem, “The Walrus and the Carpenter.”