A List Everyone Should Have.

I’ve been a bit stressed out and angry lately, and things being what they are my morning yesterday started off as a grumbly one. By noon the whole day was teetering on the edge of full-blown conniption, which I was already prepared to blame on exhaustion, low blood sugar, and writer’s block. When I was packing up for work my daughter convinced me to spend a few minutes playing with her before I left. I’m glad I did because just that little bit of fun time really put me in a good mood.

As I pedaled to work, I began trying to brainstorm for a post that was past  due for publishing. Try as I might, I could not focus on one subject. My mind kept skipping around these random thoughts of things that just made me feel just slightly better when they happened. By the time I got to work I had a fairly good list going.

So I present to you, in no particular order:

Doug’s list of happiness in small degrees

  • Waking up in panic because I overslept, and finding out there’s still ten minutes of sleep left before the alarm goes off.
  • Having to pedal harder and faster than normal to make it to work on time, because my daughter needed to be pushed on the swing.
  •  Taking a long nap, with a small dog.
  • Finding common ground on a subject, with a friend I haven’t talk to in years.
  • That unbearably hot, yet impossibly delicious first cup coffee from a freshly brewed pot.
  • Overly large breakfasts, served piled high from short order counter.
  • Finding out I don’t have to work, on payday.
  • Foul weather, when it interferes with doing yard work.
  • Riding my Bike in a light drizzle, and making it home before the downpour starts.
  • My wife’s soft heart for animals, and her critical, hard-nosed approach for putting up with the human race.
  • The way my daughter sings, the same verse of a song over and over and over…
  • The look on my cats gets, when he spots a lizard he wants to chase.
  • That day in the middle of winter, when it shows just a glimpse of spring.
  • The fact that I can go back to being a drunk anytime I want, but haven’t after 519 days and still counting.
  • Having trouble finding time to write, because my family needs me.

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Looking at the list I am amazed to see how common place so many of these things are and wonder why I’m ever in a bad mood. Needless to say by the time I got to work I was feeling great. I’ll have to remember these things and take an inventory next time I decide that I’m having a rotten day.

It leads me to wonder, what are the small everyday things does everyone else have keeping them from loosing their crap on a regular basis? What’s on your list?