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’