We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to be happy is something to be enthusiastic about ~~ Charles Kingsley
What do you have to be excited about?
- At Live and learn – toss and turn you can see the enthusiasm each week in the second look posts taken in nature.
- For another it’s a quiet moment with an unexpected visitor during the early morning.
- Frugal trenches has found a new appreciation from the little things
- Who wouldn’t get excited to craft with a room like this?
As you can see it can be anything that involves you more in life that can bring enthusiasm into your life. I was so tempted to fill this entire post with nothing but links of people sharing things that make them happy. If you want to read more, check out my blogroll for plenty of inspiration.
Here are a few things I find to keep me engaged:
- Finding a gem of a piece of furniture I can restore (you already knew that right?) But seriously, I love painting and enjoy fulfilling the wishes of others with my finds. This would be fulfilling my creative side.
- My children, grandchildren and time spent with friends
- A superb lasagna
- Finding I was able to bring a smile to someones face, especially when they had a hard day. It doesn’t have to be much. For instance, I would pick up a large fresh tomato from the farmers market to give to a neighbor. She relished those tomatoes, but was unable to make it to the market.
- Gardening and enjoying a freshly chosen piece of produce from my own plot
- Time in nature
I could go on. But what you may have noticed is that most of these things cost little to nothing and will open our lives up to much enjoyment. Okay filling that craft room must have cost money, but it’s something knowing Katherine that grew over time, and she gets great enjoyment from her craft room knowing she also spends her time crating for others in her little nook.
Did you notice that our excitement doesn’t come from the latest purchase, the car with the heated seats and DVD player. It also doesn’t come from the largest home we can afford. If you are spending all your time cleaning your home you are missing so much in life.
If you do a search for what makes people happy you will find time with family, working on a hobby, a good book and more are what make people happy. You won’t find people excitedly telling you how their large flat screen TV changed their lives, or the latest gadget. Those things we think we need in many cases are things we believe we need to fill the loneliness or the pieces missing in our lives.
Growing up, I saw people engaged in life. People belonged to bowling leagues, got together on Friday nights to play cards with their best friends, had neighborhood cookouts…people were engaged in life and connected to others on a regular basis. How are you connected outside of work?
Where do you find your enthusiasm? Does your happiness come from time spent alone or with others, maybe a combination of both?
I am following Kathy at Smart Living 365 by posting a gratitude quote daily for the month of November. Here’s today’s.
Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you’ll never have enough. ~~ Oprah Winfrey