Roving Reporters: What Makes You Happiest?By Sharon Brown (Sharon) on June 6, 2011
|Well, folks, it's another one of those nights when our usual spotlight article has to take a little detour. You know how it is in summer, gardens and vacations and guests are calling us away from our computers. Nancy had a wonderful idea, a unique way to fill our Spotlight on days when our friends might be too busy. So tonight I took a little trip around Cubit land, and this is what I learned...|
I put on my Roving Reporter hat and thought for awhile about one single question that would be good to ask everyone I saw. Nancy had suggested using this one: At the end of the day, what makes you happiest? What a great question, I thought; it could be fun or serious and might create an interesting article. So I grabbed it and ran with it, all over Cubits.
Lucky for me, you all were kind enough to give me some answers. And lucky for you, I'll share them! I added photos where there was space, some you might recognize and some might be new to you. In every instance, I had a really good time. I hope you do, too.
Hemophobic (Angie): (You might not know that Angie has just been awarded permanent custody of her 3 year old great granddaughter, Alexis, a most beautiful little girl.) "Getting Alexis settled and ready for bed, reading her a story and knowing she's safe and well cared for."
Angie, I so admire what you are doing with Alexis, I know every day with her will be a blessing to both of you.
Trisha_S: "Knowing that my family is safe and that we have been given another day. Knowing that we have a home and food and PurrBabies to keep us smiling. We live pay check to pay check with not much extra, no savings, no insurance, but what we have is so much more than many have. "Things" are not what matters."
PollyK: "Family and true friends."
Kareoke (Doris): "What makes me happy is knowing my friends in Cubits are safe, they are my extended family and very important to me, I need to know they are safe."
Dutchlady1 (Hetty): "There are many things that make me happy but the best feeling is to have made a positive difference in someone's life that day."
jeri11: "There are many things that make me happy at the end of the day.
Chocolate!!! Oh yes, good for the soul, Jeri!
taters55 (Linda): "Knowing all my family is safe and sound, and have a home for shelter and safety. That they have a job to support the family. Knowing all my online friends are safe from all the terrible storms going through the country.
wren (Sandy): "That is the cuddle time with my big boy and if I am lucky I will get my feet licked by his warm tongue. For those who do not know, my big boy is Andre my dog. He has a strange knack for pin pointing a sore spot in my body and tries to lick it well. I talked to an Acupuncturist and he told me that the places Andre targets are acupuncture hot spots. The inside of my wrist, back of my knees and now with my Bursitis and tendonitis in my ankles, he goes for my feet. He will lick for minutes on end the inside of my wrist and it is strange but very, very relaxing."
critterologist (Jill): "It's not a general "at the end of the day" thing, but I'm glowing right now remembering my favorite moment today... I was out working in the garden; Jim and Joyanna were on the deck (or so I thought), then I looked up to see Joyanna hurrying across the yard, pink hoe in one hand, little pink shovel in the other... "Mommy! I help! I coming!"
Daylily (Juli): "When I really think about it, I don't think happiness is the right emotion for how I feel about my dog, Josie. She is my mobility assistance dog. She does many tasks for me, from picking up things I drop, helping me put on and take of clothing to laying beside me keeping me company. I am grateful to have her. We are a great team and we are very connected. My life is not as limited as it would be without her. At the end of every day, I am so grateful for Josie, who is always there to help me every step of the way."
Dahlianut: "What makes me happiest at the end of the day?
Elena: "It makes me happy to know that another day has passed and all my family is safe and sound at home in their beds and that none of them are ill or suffering from some terrible difficulty. If I know all is well with my hubby, my chicks and grandchicks, this mother hen can sleep peacefully through the night."
AKFishergal (Ava): "At the end of the day what I enjoy the most is sitting down with kitty and watching my birds.
Muddymitts (Mary Ann): "Well, of course, the people I love must be well and at least OK, if not happy. If that isn't the case, then nothing else is going to make me happy.
Vic: "If I made someone smile or said or did something that touched their heart, then I'm happy."
boojum (Kathy): "It's internal. I just get this wave of happiness about how wondrous it is to be part of this extraordinary physical world."
cececoogan (Cherie): "Being with my husband..........looking out at the back gardens........and my granddaughters laughter."
irisarian (Lucy): "During the gardening season: a full bloom of irises & progress on the weeds."
merigold (Maridell): "When I snuggle down in bed at night feeling content and secure...it gets no better."
mamajack (Barb): "Seeing my kids smile and seeing them happy with the way life is treating them."
AlohaHoya (Carol): "Falling into a bed of clean sheets showered and lotioned."
threegardeners (Lee Anne): "Jeez Sharon, that's a HARD question!
LarryR: "That I've achieved all the goals I set for myself that day. But even more important, that I am well and loved."
Aguane: (Susie) "I seek peace in my garden. I love to take off my bra, sit in a cushioned chair with a few pecans, a cold glass of ZD Chardonnay, barefoot and watch my garden get ready for sleep, watch the birds settle in the trees, and with my Lexie at my feet. I like to add a little quiet jazz but most times the sounds of the garden settle me, too.
Trish: "The simple things. A beautiful sunset. A glass of wine. A breeze on the porch. A grin from the baby. Child kisses blown as the door closes for the night with choruses of "sleep sweet" and "I love you" floating down the hall. Cows mooing in the pasture, crickets chirping. Time with Dave and soft pillows."
Lance: "What makes me happiest, that is a tough one, as many things can make me feel quite good, while I can't think of any one thing as being the best: having a fun day with Skye, of course; completing an especially difficult, necessary, or extended task; building or making something that turns out well; shared camaraderie and appreciation as being a friend, recognition of doing something well. Those are things that come to mind right now, at least, and I can't really rank them as they all produce good feelings. I suppose the best would be having a good day with Skye."
Nap (Nancy): "When my day is done, I am most satisfied when I know I have done something good for someone....When I have helped someone get through their own day....When I do something for someone that they can't do for themseleves. It's all about Love.
Ahhh, Nap, so many, many things make me happy. It's the breeze whispering through my hair and the sun warming my face as I wait for my daylilies to bloom. It's watching the bluebird learning to fly. It's remembering those who raised me, those who told me there's a reason for everything, just look for it. It's the smile on the face of the check out girl in the grocery when I asked how she was.
It's the calls from my children, "Just checkin' in, Mom." And from my grandson, "Love you, Nana." It's the note from my best friend at the end of the day. It's the picture that I painted and the words that I wrote, knowing that I'm truly blessed.
It's watching the leaves unfurl on the new canna that came from a far away friend. It's the touch of a little paw on my knee, and the purrs that I hear when she leaps into my lap. It's the memory of sledding down the snow covered mountain when I was a teen. It's the thought of all the hands I hold and those that hold mine. It's looking in a mirror and still smiling. It's the pillow that I dream on.
It's chocolate, it's blueberries, it's dancing in the rain, it's everything, Nap! It's friendships all over the world. But most of all, it's knowing I love and that I'm loved in return.♥
We'll see you all again next week. Thank you so much for joining us.
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|I am a retired Art and Humanities teacher living in western Kentucky. I love writing and art with equal measure, but I also have a passion for nature and plants.|
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|Untitled||cececoogan||Jun 19, 2011 12:59 PM||1|
|YOU make me happy, Sharon!||nap||Jun 13, 2011 9:17 AM||38|
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|What a jewel in our company...||Aguane||Jun 7, 2011 10:26 AM||5|