Happiness Sneaks In — HAWMC Day 2

Day 2:

Quotation Inspiration. Find a quote that inspires you (either positively or negatively) and free write about it for 15 minutes.

“Happiness sneaks in through a door you did not know you left open.” John Barrymore

I first read this John Barrymore quote in a book given to me as a gift. This quotation has saved my day many times. It reminds me that a situation “looks” hopeless because joy will find us in unexpected ways. It’s that door that we unwittingly leave open — perhaps a song we haven’t heard in a while, or the aroma of a favorite food cooking. My mother has another approach that she learned after decades of caregiving for her parents: brief moment that give us a fleeting vacation from long-term stress. These “little happinesses”, as my mother calls them, are usually unexpected, and can be anything from a glimpse of a tiny flower emerging from the snow to a few minutes reading a favorite fashion magazine. It is a moment that refreshes, gives energy, and unclenches tense muscles…maybe even slows the heart rate!

Joy can surprise us at times when it seems far away. The knowledge that it can sneak up on me reminds me that the more I look for happiness in expected places, the less likely I am to see joy when it is right in front of me.

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