Not too long ago I received the following email message one morning.  It was the daily inspirational offering from founder Mike Dooley’s Totally Unique Thoughts, www.tut.com.

Every single minute of every single day, they’re there.

They may be hidden behind circumstances, people, or light poles,

Challenges, closed doors, or lost keys,

Camouflaged, dovetailed, or whispering,

Purring, kissing, or hissing.

But more often than not they’re laying about in the open, under a clear blue sky, in plain view.

Absolutely. Guaranteed. You’d throttle me otherwise.

10,000 reasons to be happy.

Jumanji, baby!

How many do you see now??

The Universe

The phrase “10,000 reasons to be happy” resonated with me and I’ve found that it’s easy to remember throughout the day.  I’ve added the word “now” to the phrase as a reminder to be present – 10,000 reasons to be happy now.  How many do we see?

Hummingbirds bathing in the backyard fountain, the sound of their wings as they come close, early morning breezes, cinnamon swirl coffee in a clear glass mug, the joy of walking and a body that is strong, bright green ground cover with red blossoms, colors in general – blue sky, white clouds, pink roses, red geraniums – the sound of the sprinklers with the occasional cool mist on the breeze, new yellow peace roses in the backyard garden, the number on the scale this morning, Mir’s purr as she nestles close to me, the way she says “Hi” and “ Love you” (ok, I know cats don’t really talk, but she tries to make the same sounds I make when speaking to her and it sounds like “Hi” and “ Love you” to me), birdsong, the artful way the finches arrange themselves in the branches of the tree, LIFE!

I invite you to join us in finding all the reasons around you to be happy now.  As Nobel Peace Prize Winner Dr. Muhammad Yunus writes, “We see things the way our minds have instructed our eyes to see.”   As we train ourselves to see each miracle of our lives, we experience our natural joy.

PS:  You are one of my 10,000 reasons!

10,000 Reasons to Be Happy Now! was last modified: December 11th, 2015 by Rev. Nancy Oristaglio