The other thing I’m grateful for today is having re-connected with a friend who ‘went missing’ for a while. She contacted me after a year of being out of touch (for reasons that were quite understandable, it turned out). We met up yesterday and rediscovered shared interests and what connects us.
Most importantly, she is one of a few friends whom I feel truly blessed to have in my life. They are women whom I admire for their fierce independence, their confidence, warm heart, creative self-expression and intellectual curiosity. Having been chosen as a friend by such special people makes me feel pretty good about myself. And that must be the prerequisite for believing in my own potential, be it to be creative or anything else I aspire to.
So there you have it: happiness. It often appears unexpectedly. You’ve got to look out for it and seize the opportunity when it presents itself to you.
It can be creative when you’re learning a new skill; inspiring when you’re with great people; and it enriches your being by connecting you to capacities for empathy, affection and dedication within you.
Sure, these observations aren’t exactly revolutionary. But in the end we all have to make them for ourselves, often again and again throughout our lives. So they bear repeating.
“Something I’m grateful for” might become a regular theme line on this blog.
I expected my first blog post to deal in some way with issues that are weighing on me, causing me dissatisfaction, giving me the blues. Stuff to be ‘worked through’, the blog becoming a tool for auto-therapy. Because, let’s be honest, folks who write about their lives publicly just ’cause they’re so damn happy that they wanna share the love don’t exactly make up the majority. Truly happy people (whatever that is) tend to be just that: happy. And thereby self-contained and not in need of airing their happiness to the anonymous world.
It seems that when most of us feel an urge to connect and to share is usually when we are feeling a lack of connection and when we are caught up in self-referential thoughts and want to ‘share the load’.
But it so happens that yesterday I was feeling unexpectedly and exceptionally grateful. So this very first blog post of mine is, quite wonderfully, about a form of happiness. The kind of gratefulness I experienced was not the kind that is mixed up with a sense of obligation. No, it was the kind that just makes you feel pretty damn’ good about your life.
So here is the first thing I’m grateful for today:
I am grateful that I was offered, and seized, the opportunity to take part in something worthwhile and inspiring:
A friend of a friend who has recently made a no-budget documentary was looking for dedicated volunteers to record the translated voice-over. I signed up. And what did I find? ‘Sacrificing’ a full day of my week-end to do this unpaid job didn’t drain me like my office job. It actually energized me! To be part of something I find truly worthwhile, together with people who are dedicated and inspiring, and learning a new skill (which, I was pleasantly surprised to find out, I’ve got talent for) – that was the best spontaneous decision I’ve made in a while.