One of my favourite photos of our dog Maisie
I was doing a writing exercise today which was meant to be five minutes only to describe your favourite part of the day. It was easy for me to choose that – the moment my husband comes home and is greeted by my dog and my son, then he comes into the living room and the dog jumps onto his lap while we have a brief chat about our days.
This got me thinking about favourite things – no, not Julie Andrews’ favourite things song but other moments in the day that may pass unnoticed by somebody else. Maybe the lady you passed smiled at you and you returned it but the person with you didn’t notice.
Maybe you saw a picture of a butterfly or dragonfly or saw a feather or something that reminded you there are babies in heaven waiting for you. Often the things that mean the most to us, are not noticed by others around you because they are not significant to them.
Every moment can be precious and mindfulness teaches you be “be” in the present and not think about the past or future. But sometimes it is nice to notice the small things that bring you joy and remember them. I know some people have a jar on their sideboard where they put all these moments of joy down on a piece of paper and pull them out to encourage themselves and see what has gone right for them.
Favourite things can be enchanting and magical as well. I never enjoyed Christmas until I came to Scotland. I have had wonderful, magical Christmases here and loved every minute of them. Alright yes, the Christmas both Kevin and Johnathan had the flu and I was looking after them both wasn’t easy but you know what? I became the photographer on that day and took many pictures that showed the bond between Kevin and Johnathan and the joy there was in opening presents together. What it has taught me is that there is something good to be found in situations.
I’m not saying everything is easy. Life throws us curveballs and sometimes they come and everything you thought and believed is broken in one fell swoop. Other times it is little things that niggle at you and if there are enough of them it can send you into depression or anger. But you can get through those moments and sometimes even learn something from them.
Favourite moments are those that put a smile on your face. It’s when you think about them and the love you have for that moment spills onto your face. In those times you feel that you can’t be angry or upset because that memory is a precious thing and brings you joy.
What favourite moments do you have in your life? Are they found in the small things in life or in adverse situations? Do you have one particular part of the day that brings a smile to your face even though it seems everything else is going wrong?
I would love to hear from you about your favourite moments or time of the day. Please do leave a comment or send me a message. I do check them at least once a day so I will be able to respond quickly.