It’s close to impossible for me to think that spring is on its way. I read posts by Leigh and Kelly showing us images of the green growth emerging from the depths of winter and I have to admit I am downright envious that spring comes so early for them and so late for me. The photos in this post are what it will look like here a whole 2 months from now. Growing up in Dallas I was accustomed to spring arriving early. Green grass, leaves appearing on the trees, warm temperatures, and a new spring outfit to wear on my birthday, March 10th was the norm.
However, what I sometimes fail to remember is that shortly after the lovely spring weather, the temperatures begin to soar and by June it is uncomfortably hot with August competing with oven temps. Oh not to say that it doesn’t get hot here in Chicagoland, but we have peaks of heat, then valleys of comfortable warmth.
On my personal blog, Snippets from Springdale, I have been listing 73 things that make me happy as I countdown to my 73rd birthday. And writing the words “peaks and valleys” conjures up times in my life that have been overflowing with gladness and conversely times of great sorrow. However most of my life has been like a steady, rippling stream, pleasant and peaceful and happy. I came across this great quote by Andy Rooney, oh I do miss those words of wisdom he always imparted to his 60 Minutes’ audience at the end of each segment….
“For most of life, nothing wonderful happens. If you don’t enjoy getting up and working and finishing your work and sitting down to a meal with family or friends, then the chances are that you’re not going to be very happy. If someone bases his happiness or unhappiness on major events like a great new job, huge amounts of money, a flawlessly happy marriage or a trip to Paris, that person isn’t going to be happy much of the time. If on the other hand, happiness depends on a good breakfast, flowers in the yard, a drink or a nap, then we are more likely to live with quite a bit of happiness.
I think Mr. Rooney pretty well summed up what true happiness means, not the peaks or valleys, but the ordinary everyday; meals with friends, flowers in bloom, naps, and a nice glass of wine. And by doing this you realize just how blessed you truly are.