SMALL MOMENTS BRING GREATEST JOY
Last weekend was a tough one for me. It was an emotional roller coaster. I just wanted to stay in bed under my comforter (there’s a reason they are called “comforters”) and let the world go on around me. So Farid (my husband) packed up, me, and the two young ones, and we headed out for the beach. Rodeo Beach in Marin County. My secret not-so-hidden sanctuary. Just one and a half hours away from home. A perfect day trip where I could forget about the world!
Being at the beach gave me a chance to reflect upon my state of happiness. Of course I was happy. I was at the beach!
But as the day passed it was the joy I got from the randomness of the day that really hit home with me. Looking back now this trip reminded me that it’s the small moments in life that bring the greatest joy.
We didn’t have our family dog with us this trip, but that’s ok because one adopted Farid. Hahaha! I couldn’t help but laugh as that silly dog walked alongside him like they were bosom buddies! (His real owners were never too far away though and they got a kick out of it too!)
Center of the Earth
Busy children were scattered along the beach digging in the sand. A handful of kids, mine included, ended up digging a ginormous three feet deep hole with a sand mote around it.
While they were digging, I jokingly asked one of the little diggers, “Did you dig so deep into the earth that you hit water?” The little girls’ quick, confident, affirmative reply was priceless. She gave me a smile and a big nod “Yes!” and went right on about her business digging.
But what I found most hilarious was the father who was in the middle of the action the entire day. He was king of the kid sandcastle! (I was waiting for him to get out of the sand pit so I could take a picture of the kids in it, but he lasted longer than I did.)
Top of the World
Walking further south along the ocean side, I ran into some brave teens who had decided to scale to the top of a very high rock and just hang out up there. Well, why not I guess?!
Their goofiness was entertaining and they reveled in their moment in the spotlight as I snapped a few pics. 🙂
Family, Facebook and Spiderwebs?
Later on that same day, I was scrolling through my FB feed when I came across some beautiful pics my cousin had taken on her early morning walk. They were so striking that I asked her if I could use them for my blog.
She said yes so of course I immediately saved them to my files. Yay! New pics! (Thank you Rosemary!) 🙂
After looking at them, there were a couple of the pics that kept drawing me back to them again and again. I would show anyone who hadn’t seen them and who happened to be in the nearby vicinity. I was sitting around the house saying, “Come here and look at this picture!”
It was a spider web.
At first glance I thought it was fake (well it is close to Halloween you know).
But it wasn’t.
I know this because she also had a picture of the spider that had spun the web.
The more I studied these photos, the more awestruck I became. Nature is amazing!
I realized that what was most striking about some of the pictures she gave me was how marvelous yet ordinary they were.
Where do we find happiness? Our quick trip to the beach renewed my spirit and helped me slow down for just a few fleeting hours.
Beauty surrounds us but sometimes we just don’t slow down long enough to soak it in. This is unfortunate. We are missing out on the peace that simple things can bring into our lives.
Yes, last weekend was not so great, but I guess in retrospect I’m grateful that going through a tough weekend reminded me to stop and smell the roses more often.
I hope you’re enjoying your weekend and I challenge you to try to slow down a bit to add more special moments into your everyday! Starting today!
Stay H.i.P. friends,