Day Twelve Challenge – WHAT THINGS MAKE YOU FEEL HAPPY TO BE ALIVE
There are so many people, places, and things that make me feel blessed, happy, and thankful.
(1) Being a mother to my wonderful son has been my biggest blessing and privilege on this earth. Every aspect of his life and his growth has made me happy to be alive
(2) Traveling. This summer and fall I had the opportunity to travel to Paris, London, and Dublin. In Paris I visited numerous churches, all the beautiful architecture was at times breathtaking. The statues of Mary, Mother of Jesus, were awe inspiring. Of course I had the opportunity to visit the Nation Gallery of Ireland, National Gallery of London and the Louvre. The exquisite beauty of these paintings astonishes me.
(3) When I’m out in nature, hiking the White Mountains or walking the beach I feel at peace. With the sun shinning down on your face and breathing in the fresh air you can’t help but feel connected to the Universe.
(4) When taking care of patients and he/she has had a rough day and something I said or did makes them laugh or smile even for a moment I am humbled. It’s a very difficult profession but to have the privilege to take care of these human lives makes me grateful to be alive. Nursing as a profession was not my first choice, growing up I did not always want to be a nurse. But nursing has made me a better person and changed my life in ways I never thought possible.
(5) I collect figurines/trinkets of all kinds – Royal Doulton, Goebel, Lladro, Volkstedter Ballerinas. These trinkets are just materials items and certainly don’t bring me as much happiness as non-material things however they certainly bring a smile to my face and I enjoy simply admiring them like a piece of artwork in a museum.
(6) Going to the Ballet. As a child I always wanted to become a prima ballerina but where we lived never allowed for that, there were no dance schools. Watching the Nutcracker no matter how many times I’ve seen it, I feel this excitement like a child on Christmas Day. The dedication and physical pain these dances endure amazes and impresses me.
artwork Credits -“La Baronne de Crussol” and “Madame Molé-Reymond” by Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun