Little Things!

This is neither a particularly creative post nor one I intended to write. My week had been going really badly. My Muse, as the wonderful Trisha Ashley  would say, seemed to have deserted me & I could not think of a post for Writing Workshop!

Lots of other small things had grated. Our PC was playing up & we lost the internet for a day. I found myself getting cross that I was so dependent on having that access to the outside world. I’m a retired lady for goodness sake – why should it matter?

I’d also been very unsettled by the election indecision. I am reading Barrack Obama’s ‘Audacity of Hope’ & one passage jumped out at me & I kept returning to it

‘…what is troubling is the gap between the magnitude of our challenges & the smallness of our politics – the ease with which we are distracted by the petty and trivial, our chronic avoidance of tough decisions, our seeming inability to build a working consensus to tackle any big problem.’(p22)

Thankfully, whatever your politics, a decision was made & by Wednesday things were being sorted out. I wasn’t to know it but that was one of the little things that were going to bring a change for me. The postman brought the next ‘happy’ surprise. It was my Secret Post Club gift from the lovely @MrsLJHall  but that’s for another post!

I still felt well in the doldrums throughout the day. I was due to go to a Local Authority meeting in the evening. I’m usually quite excited about them as it gives me another link to the outside world. As a school Governor I get to peep into the world I left as a head teacher. Somehow, it was really an effort to get ready in my ‘smart but casual’ gear.

I’m so glad I went though – two more little things bringing light happened. Firstly, a colleague Head I had not seen since I retired told me I looked 10 years younger! Well, that is going to cheer even the grumpiest of us isn’t it?! The final sparkle came from another Governor who offered me a job! It is to be a Parent’s Champion. Not sure what it involves or if I will take it but just being asked was such a compliment.

By the time I went to bed, I felt so much better. I felt lighter in my body (do you get ‘heavier’ when you’re down?) & my spirits were really high. I could tell my ever-so-patient OH that I felt good – not a phrase he had heard for many days!

Happiness can be a huge great whack, that takes you off your feet. It can also be little things that gradually put you back together without you realizing it! For me it also usually includes other people who will come up trumps every time.

Are you a BIG happiness person or a supporter of little things?

This post is an entry for Writing Workshop at Sleep is for the Weak. It is for prompt 1 ‘Write about a place, a time, a moment, that taught you something about true happiness’

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20 comments

  • Obviously big things are lovely but we can’t guarantee they’ll happen often enough and so I agree with you that it’s the little things that make us happy. The trick is not to miss them, so glad you spotted them this week.

  • So sorry you had a rubbish week but so glad you managed to use all these little moments to turn it around and bring you back again.

    I’m amazed at the difference the small things can make, so yes, I think I’m a fan of all those little cumulative moments that combine to make you feel good 🙂

  • It’s amazing how little things can just lift us up. I love that feeling. It makes you feel light. What a nice Head to tell you that you looked 10 yrs younger. And well done on the job.

  • Well done on getting offered the job, it is a huge compliment. I like the evenness of small happy things regularly but I also think it is a bit like ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’, happiness is in the heart of the person experiencing it. What makes me jump for joy might drive you scatty:) I am glad to hear you are feeling more up:) Jen.

  • I think that this post shows that you are generally o a positive disposition.

    Some people can have plenty of small and medium sized positive things hppen to them but the smalllest of a negative can set them back.

    You are obviously completely the opposite. Even when the glass is half empty, that is just an opportunity to fill it up again.

  • I know that heavy and light feeling well. The light feeling is lovely though isn’t it.
    I’m sorry you haven’t been having a great week….we’ve had internet problems recently too and it makes me feel so cut off now.
    I’m pleased that those two things have brightened you up. :0)

  • At the moment I am endevoring to see the good in the little thingsm as we are in a bit of a bad place, but we will prevail. We always do.

  • Visited for the first time from sleep is for the weak, love the post which made me think. I think for me the little things tend to have more impact than the big ones… good or bad, and sometimes, like you say, it can be because they creep up on you without you even realising it. The quote from Obama made me think even more. Like you I’m glad we got an answer to the election at last. It doesn’t really fit my politics but I guess we haven’t managed to tackle any of the tough things yet either, so here’s hoping something really will change.

  • Bit of both for me really. The little things can sometimes be exactly what you need to make everything okay, but a great bit whacking bit of happy news can make life seem brilliant. I love your little bits of happiness, they sounds perfect. Specially the job – good for you! x

  • Paula

    Little and big things, it’s all good! Congrats on the job offer – you’ll be great at that. Things have felt really unsettled lately and there’s more to come in my world, but it’s really important to celebrate the positives. Good post J xx

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