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Surprise me

Posted in Life & Love

I needed some prodding this week, in terms of trying to get through my days as joyfully as possible. When I feel particularly sluggish or unenthusiastic about the day ahead, I get into my car and I challenge the day to surprise me. It often does, when I am paying attention.

This morning, a truck stopped to allow me to make a left turn out of my driveway – a first in fourteen years – putting an instant smile on my face. Two hours later I surprised myself by eating one of the chocolate doughnuts a nurse brought in to for her going away party.

But it was a near stranger who infused me with the dose of optimism I needed.

“I had a good week”, she said “I tried to do things that give me pleasure: I watched a documentary I had been meaning to watch in a long time; I took myself for a walk. I said no, without offering elaborate explanations for my refusal. It felt good.”

So – here is to toasting the little things that make a difference, the little reminders that, while still entitled to our gripes, bad moods and fits of ingratitude, the life we have is maybe, just maybe, pretty great.



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  1. I’ve been looking for those little things more and more. They’re what life’s about. May we continue to run into the obliging truckers and see ballooning laundry 🙂

    March 20, 2017
    • Today it took the form of the voice of an old friend I hadn’t heard from in a long time. Still keeping count.

      March 20, 2017
  2. Dire no senza doverlo spiegare, che lusso! Va meglio?

    March 19, 2017
  3. I do like a good donut, but rarely ever buy them for myself. My best friend occasionally buys them for me, and she always says it’s just coz they have a new flavour/theme, but she’s had an uncanny track record of buying them whenever I need a pick-me-up.

    And then there are posts like this that appear on my WP Reader at times when I need something uplifting. Thank-you 🙂

    March 17, 2017
    • The mark of a good friend is making your favourite food appear when you most need it!

      March 18, 2017

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