Cee woke up on Friday feeling out of sorts. You know that feeling, when you are out of phase with the world. Everyone else is marching to a drumbeat but your drummer showed up late and had forgotten his drumsticks. That kind of a day when you just feel twitchy and don’t know how to get back in your groove.
I knew how to help, though. I took an early lunch, told her to bring her camera and I’d buy her a latte. She’ll usually respond to a latte. It was a gorgeous sunny spring day. Everything is in bloom and looking spectacular. Our car was filthy, so I drove to the car wash, and that gave Cee a nice photo shoot. If a latte doesn’t spark her up, a good photo opportunity always does the trick.
The last thing she said to me as I was falling asleep that night was a heartfelt thank you for making her day such a nice one.
That got me thinking about happiness. Contrary to popular belief, introverts are happy people. Give us a good book (camera, sketch pad, etc.) and a quiet spot and we are happy people. It doesn’t take much to make us happy. I love people watching at the beach, riding in the car as we drive through the country, having my cat purring on top of me when I’m taking a nap.
But what happens when we do get out of it and need a shot of happiness? Extroverts just need to grab a few friends and go do something together. Introverts get their happiness from within, so it’s not so easy. I did a little research (happiness 🙂 points for doing research) and came up with some ideas that I’ll be sharing with you over the next few days.
For today, I’d like to share a couple of things that make me happy.
Perfectly poached eggs and toast with strawberry jam for breakfast. I love poached eggs but have never gotten the hang of making them in water. Cee finally talked me into splurging on myself and buying a wonderful Calphalon poaching pan. The simple pleasures are the best, I think.
Our “kids”, from top right down to bottom right) Mackenzie, Shadow, Charlie and Freddie. They are a riot. The top three are rescue animals. Mac was found wandering the streets mostly starved to death. A little pug has a hard time getting into garbage cans. Shadow was forced to be a mother in a puppy mill from the time she first came into heat. She was the product of inbreeding, so she’s deaf and drags one of her rear feet because of nerve damage in her leg, but she is the happiest and most loving dog you’ll ever find. Charlie was scheduled to be killed because no one wanted to adopt him from the cat shelter. I saw him and it was love at first sight. He is our guard cat, too, which is why he’s always front and center when something is happening. Freddie is the only one who came to us as a baby. He is the gentlest, quietest, softest little fellow. I know they all look pretty serious in this shot, but when they start goofing off, the house gets to rocking. And they all fight for lap time in the evenings. They’re great.
The cherry trees in bloom in the spring. No, this isn’t our garden. Don’t I wish it were! It’s a shot I took at the Japanese Gardens in Portland a few years ago. I love the springtime when everything is blooming and coming back alive. We’ve planted a goji berry tree this year and the spring bulbs have been glorious. What amazes me where we live are all the different shades of green. Because we live in a temperate rain forest, we have a huge variety of trees and they all flower and leaf out in different ways and at different times. Spectacular!
So what makes you happy?
Hi. I’m Chris. I’m an introvert. Look for my ongoing series celebrating introvert talents (Sunday), the Introverts Blog Quietly (IBQ) weekly writing prompt (Wednesday), introvert cartoons (Thursday), plus anything else interesting that I find in the meantime. Come and share with like-minded introverts. I also contribute to the new food blog Three’s Cooking, learning to cook from the heart, for the soul.