There’s nothing like some down time to make you contemplate the things you really love, and on a recent bus ride from Ollantaytambo to Cusco, Peru – which was just that little bit too long – I had just that sort of ‘me’ time.
Prepared for a three-hour journey through the Peruvian countryside, I prayed to my iPod to prepare the best, chilled playlist, turned up my earphones, lifted my legs onto the back of the seat in front of me (smelly feet alert!), and spaced out to the view from my window seat.
There’s something special about some old school tunes that really make me smile from the eardrums out, and as I bumped along to the beat – and potholes – I started thinking about the other, teeny tiny little details, which really make me happy.
I’m not talking big-ticket items like “winning the lottery”, “falling in love” or “landing a dream job”, because these are pretty far and few between. If I thought these big things were the only way to be a happy-go-lucky person, then happiness would always seem another Power Ball ticket, lover and promotion away.
So why not focus on the little things.
It sounds cliché I know, but think about these merry makers. Think of how simple yet totally rewarding they are (hopefully you can relate):
- When Coconut water is on sale for no particular reason.
- When a waiter brings a big, cold, jug of water to your table without being asked.
- Big coffee mugs.
- Hearing children speak in another language.
- Perfectly made cordial.
- Waking up to a sunny day.
- Sand between your toes.
- Smelling good.
- Fresh bed sheets.
- Hotel bathrobes.
- Hot showers.
- Telling a bad joke that gets laughs anyway.
- Perfectly ripened avocadoes.
- Finishing a book.
These are just a few of my favorite things, and with them, I am the happiest little vegemite in the world.
Sure, the big things are important too, but at least I can experience the bliss from any of the above daily, of my own accord, without relying on some outside source to bestow upon me a $2m prize pool, attention, or a new job.
So what little things ‘float your boat’?
Find a pretty place to sit, grab a pen and paper, and brainstorm the heck out of everything that reveals the cute dimples in your cheeks!
Conjure, remember, reminisce and revive every thing you love, every incy-wincy-teeny-weeny detail, use them and abuse them everyday.
I’d love to hear what you come up with!