When I read that statement from the blog, When a Woman Shakes Her Tablecloth, I was puzzled about what I would write. Reading her list I knew that it doesn't take BIG things to make me happy, if you don't count winning the lottery. We are not rich people with money, we're rich in other ways, but I often tell my husband how happy we were when we had NOTHING.
2. The look on a child's face when he or she finally "gets it." Love that "light bulb" moment.
3. Hearing from someone, or seeing someone I haven't seen in a long time, who remembers and reminiscences about a special moment we shared.
4. World War II movies and books, which is strange because I hate war. I used the movie, Twelve O'Clock High, to demonstrate leadership styles when I was conducting leadership workshops.
5. Conquering a new recipe and adding my own touches. I always try it just as written the first time. Then I begin to make additions or subtractions until it is ready to serve my bridge club. They are good cooks and I have to be at the top of my game.
6. Meeting new people and hearing their stories. I believe that everyone has a compelling story. I think that's why I like reading blogs; you can learn something from everyone you meet.
For example, we went to a jazz club with another couple and I saw an attractive woman, sitting alone with her eyes closed, singing quietly along with the band, while she tapped her fingers to the beat of the drums. She exuded glamour and loneliness yet I could visualize an intriguing past. The couple we were with, and my husband, thought I was crazy when I left them, walked over to her table, introduced myself, and stated that she looked like she had a riveting story to tell. "Please tell me your story." I said. "I want to hear it." She stared at me for a little while, invited me to have a seat, and proceeded to tell me her story. She was the first wife of Sammy Davis, Jr., and what a story she told about an "arranged marriage."
7. Star Trek. I'm a Trekkie, I watch reruns, wear Bajoran earrings, and read the The Physics of Star Trek.
8. A beautiful sunset over the mountains. I don't see many sunrises because I don't get up early, but a sunset with breathtaking, muted colors is so calming.
9. My friends. I have some of the best friends in the world, even the ones as crazy as me. Couldn't make it without them.
10. Last, but not least, my family. They make me happy because they have allowed an eccentric woman, (sounds better than crazy) to do a lot of spontaneous (sounds better than impulsive) things and still support me, even when I'm wrong, which happens more than I would like to admit.
This list could grow, but I'll stop (except to add milk chocolate peanut clusters because I can eat one pound in one sitting and how having an iphone would make me happy, I think) and tag others.