I’ll end on a simple, almost silly note of thanks. This stems from fourth grade when I randomly found one of my future favorite books: The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews in the school library (yes, of The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, and Princess Diaries fame). In the beginning of the novel when the children first encounter the professor, they notice he has a clear umbrella with bright yellow butterflies on it. When they ask him about it, he says, “I bought it because it’s cheery and it makes people look up. Have you noticed how nobody ever looks up?” And I realized I didn’t look up either.
Since then, I’ve made an effort to greater appreciate my surroundings and to be thankful for all the little things that make up each day. Whether that’s drivers signaling on the road, someone holding a door open for me, people remembering things I’ve said, or friends reaching out of the blue, I am grateful for all these things. Because as important as catalyst events are, it’s the day-to-day, the “mundane” that we most often find ourselves in. And why not try to always resonate positive vibes?
It’s something I’ve known for awhile: I am happiest when the people around me are happy.