Friday, May 2, 2014
Reflections on One Hundred Happy Days
The #100happydays project that I, along with several friends, started in January following the death of my friend K.B., has come to a close. I have not yet decided whether I will do a "victory lap," make it a "365 happy days," or move on to something else.
In the meantime, the best way to get the stories behind each of the pictures is to visit my Pinterest board. And here are some collages and a few observations.
I'm surprised that I only missed one day (Day 21) in the entire series. I'm positive that something made me happy that day, but because I didn't capture it, I can't remember what it was.
And therein lies the real value of this exercise: the ability to look back at a period of time that included grieving, cold, and pain, and be grateful all over again for those moments and days that brought light and joy.
Not surprisingly, Kane figured largely in the series - almost one picture per week, as we bonded and he learned how to behave on walks and in our home. But my family also appeared on a regular basis, including each of my children. There is only one photo of Stephen, but he was behind the scenes at many of the pictures.
Although food is definitely something that brings me happiness, I consciously tried NOT to make all my posts food-related. Nevertheless, food and drink appear with great frequency.
I also chronicled the change of season from dead of winter to wet spring - and found beauty in it, from the soft white of a snowstorm on Day 10 to the delicate drops of rain on a branch on Day 94. Beauty is definitely something that makes me happy, wherever I may find it - which may explain why tulips appear three times in the 100 days.
Although some of the things I captured (such as the ongoing saga of Kane hiding his bone) were things that made me laugh, most of them simply made me smile or sigh, things that swelled my heart. If I continue this project, I will keep looking for those things.
How do you recognize happiness in your day-to-day life?
Labels: Gratitude Journal