June 7, 2011

a happy moment

I had one of those moments yesterday. One of those aha! moments when my mind was completely, 100% focused on the present. And it was wonderful.

I'm sorry to admit that these don't happen very often for me. Most of the time, my thoughts make up a confusing cobweb of must-dos... remember to take the chicken out of the freezer, add graduation cards to the Target list, do I have time to do a load of laundry? And unfortunately, that doesn't leave much room for smelling the roses, so to speak.

But yesterday. Yesterday, my friends, I was standing in the kitchen, putting together the ingredients for a strawberry rhubarb crisp, when I looked out the window and noticed how beautiful our neighbor's birch tree looked blowing in the breeze. How the sunlight filtered through the leaves onto the bricks behind, and I just stopped. My breath caught up in my throat, and I felt so happy. I was doing exactly what I was meant to be doing at that moment. And as that feeling of contentment flooded in, I had this wonderfully profound feeling that my life is so good. And I am exactly where I am meant to be. Right here. Right now.

As with all aha moments, it went just as quickly as it came, but not without leaving a little dent. I did get back to baking my crisp and tackling the ump-teen dos on my list, but even today, over 24 hours later, I still haven't forgotten about my happy, quiet, fleeting moment.

And I look forward to catching more of them.

This kitchen looks like a family kitchen, and because my family kitchen is one of my happiest places, I thought it was a nice picture to post.

(Image via here.)


mary said...

I loved reading this post. :)

Mary said...

Another Mary loved reading this post! Seriously, it made me smile. I strive for these moments every day. They are fleeting, but they do leave a mark, don't they?

LS said...

Reading this post gave me goosebumps of happiness. It's the little things in life that are the big things. I love that you documented this too so you can read it over and over in years to come...so so beautiful :)

Dionne said...

What a lovely moment. I love aha moments! And I love that kitchen!

Elsa May said...

Sounds like a perfect aha moment - and it's so lovely when that warmth of feeling pops back a day or so later when re you recall the moment - bliss. Your rhubarb crisp sounds yummy!

Elsa May said...

oops! I meant to say yes the bangles are...well they're not cheap :)