Have you ever had one of those moments when the elements perfectly combine to give you a complete and utter sense of calm and a feeling that all is well with the world? You're driving along a country road, not a single car in sight, the sun comes out from behind the clouds, and then one of your utmost favourite songs comes on the radio (The Killers' Mr. Brightside ... it reminds me of our Las Vegas wedding), and you breathe in, look around you, smile and feel ever so incredibly lucky? Well, that's what happened to me on Saturday morning. I even stopped the car on the side of the road to take this photograph and drink it all in.
And then on Monday, I spotted this on Morgana's blog (But Why Mummy Why?) and I almost felt winded that someone had captured what I was thinking in one beautifully summed up, simple quote.
There's something about it that absolutely touches my heart. When nothing in life makes sense, when there's chaos all around, when things seem a little too much, it's so good to think about the small joys in life ... the simple things ... things that cost next to nothing and yet provide priceless nourishment for your soul and wellbeing.
This week has been a good reminder of that for me. My drive through the countryside aside, we've done little other than spend time as a family and see cherished friends. The boys have been incredibly kind to each other (this is not common in my house), I'm half way through the Sunday Times and it's only mid-week (it can sometimes take me two weeks to get through it all), and my littlest and I sat quietly for fifteen whole minutes yesterday (he's two ... this is a big deal) just watching the birds come to nibble at the bread that we'd left out for them.
I feel very, very lucky at the moment, and very, very happy.
I like the small joys that a simple life brings.
I'm putting that quote on my wall.