Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Wednesday, 3 September: Exploring the art of happiness
Miss Daisy has graciously awarded me the Kreative Blogger Award. I am honoured and humbled, dear Daisy Chain! The condition attached to the Award is to list six things that make one happy. So I had to muse on this intimidating topic. The 'pursuit of happiness', one of the unalienable rights of the American people stated in the Declaration of Independence,is a lofty and admirable ideal. But guaranteeing the pursuit for one's citizens is one thing; grasping the goal successfully is another.
So with a little help from Roget's Thesaurus, I came up with...
1 Contentment - my life in cosy Thatchwick Cottage. My home is my castle!
2 Pleasure - a plate of pasta with plenty of garlic and herbs enjoyed with an ice cold glass of South Africa's best white wine (savignon blanc or chenin blanc will do). So dry and fruity, you taste the sunshine in every sip.
3 Delight - opening presents!
4 Satisfaction - a task well-done: the last stitch quilted, the last word written, the finishing touch to a great meal.
5 Bliss - snuggling down between freshly laundered white linen, the day lived productively - not a jot to add or subtract.
6 Exhilaration - animated discussions about books, movies, cabbages and kings over a cuppa with my best friends.
7 Joy - singing worship songs on Sunday mornings in unity with a congregation as diverse as only can be found in the rainbow nation.
Ok, I know I cheated! That is seven and the synonyms could go on and on.
Now it is your turn. I won't make a formal award but I open it to any interested blogger who wants to philosophise about the art of happiness.