I just finished reading “Our Town,” by Thornton Wilder. There is a passage at the end of the play that really struck me.
Emily has died in childbirth and her spirit is wondering about. She does not want to remain in her grave, but wishes to relive one day of her life. Unfortunately, this proves to be so painful for her that she returns to her grave. That’s when Simon Stimson says,
Yes, now you know. Now you know! That’s what it was to be alive. To move about in a cloud of ignorance; to go up and down trampling on the feeling of those…of those about you. To spend and wast time as though you had a million years. To be always at the mercy of one self-centered passion, or another. Now know – that’s the happy existence you wanted to go back to. Ignorance and blindness.
Life is short and we are often to busy to enjoy it. Whatever you are doing today, take time to enjoy the moment.
What are your personal fun equations?
Life is full of little things that bring happiness, but they are often overlooked. These little things can brighten up your day and put a smile to your face.
Below is a list of some of the little things that make me happy.
- Taking a nap
- Singing while driving
- Listening to the birds sing
- Petting dogs
- Philosophizing with friends
- Hiking in the woods
- Watching puppies play
- Reading books
- Sitting on a beach
- Reminiscing with friends and family
- Playing Scattergories
- Going to Museums
- Watching high school football games
- Getting birthday cards
- Playing music so loud that I can actually feel it
- Hanging out at libraries
What are some of the little things that make you happy?
We put a hammock in our backyard the other day and it has been a lot fun. I enjoy reading and relaxing in the hammock. Sometimes, one of the dogs will jump in and chill out with me.
Gwen also enjoys relaxing in the hammock, so we may have to create a hammock schedule for each person.
At the Thaler house, we are living the hammock life.
Don’t forget to slow down today, take a look around, enjoy each moment, and enjoy your journey.