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Sunday, May 31, 2009

SIX THINGS

WHAT MAKES ME HAPPY--SIX THINGS

SIX OR SEVEN--WHO'S COUNTING
AT LEAST IT'S NOT 55 FRIDAY!!!

Clean and Crazy (aren't we all???) has tagged me for the following exercise in gratefulness...six minor wonderful examples of what makes me happy. I'll try to be brief, but you know me by now -grin!

SIX THINGS AND SIX PEEPS

1. Elderly couple sitting in Perkins restaurant, in a booth, facing each other. Each has that "glint" in their eyes, and each look as if they've been (like most of US?) 'around the block'. Punch Line: ...and they are TALKING with each other, and each is looking into the eyes of the other. This makes me SO happy, to be a witness to love which has endured who-knows-how-much in the way of challenge, change, and simply life. Life is BIG!


2. Happiness is wearing my gold cross. It weighs heavily around my neck. So I'm aware of it almost always. It is pret-ty large, and is the only gold I own, except what is in my teeth. I absolutely love, it. Recently blessed by a priest, it shines even more! This cross reminds me that my soul is "marked" by God, baptized (drenched?) in alcohol, chastened by chaos, paced for peace. And that same "marked" soul is continuously in danger of slipping and falling, in one way or another...in one place or another. ("If ya don't make mistakes, ya got no chance to grow" --me)


3. Seeing families walking together. We live in a predominantly Spanish/Haitian neighborhood, and frequently I notice a mother, father, and four or six little ones, --some in carriages--walking, who knows where, maybe to market? Or to the park?

4. Behind them a short distance are two adult Muscovy Ducks, followed by a dozen ducklings. The little ones walk, then run to catch up, then repeat. Walk, run, walk, run....and it is so like the little children trying to keep up with their parents. What pleasure to observe these neighborhood happenings.


5. I love having my own bathroom. And I'm not old enough yet to have my own bedroom--thank God! It is heavenly (a bathroom??) to have a place to call my own!


6. Music, especially Christmas music, really sends me into a higher plane of existence. I start playing the Messiah and the Carpenters' Christmas album in July each year. The heart becomes warmer. And change sometimes takes place.


7. (Ooooops, can you say "sixen"?) Last, in this too-short list, is the wonderful
anticipation of "Who is waiting around the next corner--on the street, in the market, at the mall, a gathering, a meeting?" Who has God planned to put in my path today? And what does God wish me to do? Oh, the joy of knowing that He does have SOMETHING for me, or else I would not even BE here, sober, free, happy, serene, and enthusiastic about life!!!

Six Peeps I am supposed to select, to continue this business of "getting to know one another" in a more intimate fashion...but I cannot do that (choose people) comfortably. So please, whoever might enjoy this short simple exercise in Gratitude, join me in doing so. You are ALL invited. You are ALL thought of in a most kindly manner.

Thank you ALL for being here, I feel finally a part of it now.


Peace, and Love,

Steve E

16 comments:

Femin Susan said...

That picture is adorable.
Cheers!

dAAve said...

Good stuff.

Shadow said...

how i love your list. especially the first one...

Shadow said...

how i love your list. especially the first one...

Gin said...

Great list. I love watching the ducks too. We live near a pond so every spring is a magical time.

wolfie185 said...

Good list, and I like the first one best also. At least you were better able to keep it closer to 6 than I was.

Prayer Girl said...

Well, I don't really see why you would need a separate bedroom just for the two or three hours you spend sleeping in it!!!

And besides, you already have dressing/staging areas in the house in 'our' bedroom, your 'music room', and 'your' living/dining area.

You better know this is written with 'tongue in cheek' OR is it foot in mouth???? :)

Love you,
ME

Lou said...

Having been blessed to travel a lot, I can really relate to #3. It seems wherever I go the world over, I'm taken aback when I see 3 and 4 generations out walking together. So rare to see here in America, although I read that the present hard times tend to bring families together.

Just Be Real said...

Ahhhh, Stevie cherish that bathroom. I bet you decorated it Harley style!

Blessings dear one!

Ed G. said...

It's beyond me - I'd have to stop counting at 60 - and you'd have to be on there somewhere...

Many thanx...

Gabriella Moonlight said...

I love this...these sixen things are wonderful and help me to treasure you even more!

Indigo said...

Wonderful list dear friend. My favorite is seeing couples hold hands, it seems more rare these days. (Hugs)Indigo

Pat said...

Great list! I'm with you on that seperate bath item...

Steve E. said...

Just Be Real...I DO have an interesting piture in there, a couple bear, after the hunt, smoking pipes. Three men are hanging (to tan their hides?) after being killed by the bear--what the heck, I'll post the photo of it on my blog tonight. OK?

vicariousrising said...

I think my husband and I will be #1 one day. We enjoy each other.

Love your list.

Syd said...

I like that you both connect and talk. That is great. I see too many people eat in silence with no eye contact.
Great list.