The Simplest Things  

TheQuietGuy2005 56M
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1/3/2006 12:11 pm

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The Simplest Things

I know it's not like me but I was seriously tempted to rant and rave a while about divorce settlements, ex-wives and my own stupidity.

You see, this morning I awoke feeling generally low and the mood has stayed with me most of the day.

2006 is a brand new year and I can see plenty of bright spots on the horizon. There are possibilities to explore that hold the promise of immense pleasure and fulfilment. I can hardly believe some of the good things that may await me during the next 12 months. I intend it to be a good year.

Nonetheless, this arbitrary allocation of a single date as a new start doesn't actually change anything - except, possibly, our outlook. The same hurdles that I was facing at the end of 2005 still remain to be jumped, the same mountains to be climbed, the same problems to be solved.

So, while I try to face the coming year with optimism and hope and a belief that all will be different by the end of the year, I am unable to blind myself to the fact that the short-term outlook remains difficult.

But I got onto my bus this morning and was greeted by the most delightful sight: a gorgeous baby girl (age? no idea) sitting in her buggy, happily playing with the fluffy rim of her hat and singing quite contentedly to herself, totally absorbed.

How could I not smile at that?

As I sat down to write my rant this evening, I remembered that little girl and the pure sense of joy she exuded.

It was a timely reminder of something that I find all too easy to forget: no matter how many difficulties life puts in our way, no matter how bleak things sometimes seem, there are always things around us that can make us smile. If we keep our eyes open we can often find joy in the simplest things - and these are the kind of thing that can make life that little bit brighter.


brightblonde3 59F

1/3/2006 3:29 pm

Oh, don't we all wish that when the page of the calendar flips, everything is bright and beautiful? As you know, Q, I even jump started my New Year by a few days...there are still challenges and problems.

However, there is a second chance, always.

The Asian/Lunar New Year, the Year of the Dog, starts January 29.

Gung hay fat choy, and woof-Woof,


SweetDarlinAngel 41F
2996 posts
1/3/2006 3:35 pm

I think that our eyes opened to the little people of the world at just the right moments. When we forget how to take joy in the simplest of things in our life or when everything around us seems to be a little too realistic a small child will be right there in front of our eyes completely absorbed in something. Absorbed in something as simple as a song or a beetle on a flowerbed and we are forced to remember them throughout the day. They are our saving grace. Sometimes that child is our own, sometimes it is a complete stranger to us but they always seem to stay with us just when we'd rather find ugliness and spit fire and daggers in every direction.

Thank God they are there to save us from ourselves when we are at our worst. I'm sure whatever ranting and raving you wanted to do, was well worth getting off of your chest, but as I have learned, it never seems to make it any better.

2006 will definately be a year of great things for you. You already have a new job, a few new friends and I'm sure along the way there will be plenty of wonderful women to share special moments with. And when the ugly ranting and raving returns, maybe another girl with a hat and song will be there to calm your temper.



southrnpeach333 52F

1/3/2006 6:43 pm

I keep a mental picture of one of my sons at about 4 years of age. He was playing in the drive way on a sunny fall afternoon when a gust of when came along. It blew bright orange leaves down around him like fire sparks. The look of wonder on his face as he looked skyward and spread his arms and danced in the falling leaves always puts a smile on my face when I am really down.

rm_Blue_Leopard 45F

1/3/2006 7:53 pm

What a sweet image to take with you...

Pssst, Q... it's your friendly neighborhood Princess... I'm leaving soon, email me here please!

helga_hansen 50F  
1987 posts
1/3/2006 11:52 pm

Want me to knit you a fluffy hat?


PS. Looking forward to hearing about your pleasures in 2006... maybe even sharing in some of them!

Love, hugs and kisses from ♥♥HH♥♥

rm_EE407 42F
3903 posts
1/8/2006 2:01 am

QQ, I couldn't agree more...

For me it's very often the music I listen to in the car on the way to work... all very upbeat happy happy joy joy music.

It puts me in a good mood and gives me the tools I need to face a day at the office

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