Do you ever have a day where everything just comes together and you are happy? I realize that I haven’t had a good day in AGES! I have been trying to talk myself into being joyful for many months, working so hard to conjure happiness potions and self-help advice, with varying levels of success. Then, bam, out of nowhere this hallelujah day appeared.
It started with an unexpectedly sunny morning, full of cherry trees blossoming, but I’ve seen that before. I was dreading a volunteer project at the school, but all of the moms were lovely and not at all clique-y. The event we planned was actually fun and entertaining for the kids, so we weren’t dealing with various meltdowns that keep us away from socializing with the group.
Then, my friend told me she would watch the kids for me so I could attend a family event at an actual restaurant tomorrow. I was going to have to skip it because we have no childcare. Babysitters come, then go, rather like the nannies in “Mary Poppins”. No one seems to be able to manage the mischief.
So now I get to go to a fancy restaurant, and not pay for the meal or a babysitter. It’s like I’ve won to lottery.
If I can draw a lesson from the good day, it’s that when friends are supportive, I feel less isolated and alone, and that seems to boost my confidence and capacity for joy.
Are good days a freakish confluence of lucky events that align, or do we play a greater role by laying the groundwork for the good days to appear?