Waiting to be Happy

August 16, 2016

We book vacations and go to resorts, unwind at spas and get into the  mood at coffee shops, look at pictures of cruises and check out rates for holiday packages… all an effort to getaway.  

From whom?

Do you find yourself scrolling and clicking away an afternoon looking at pictures of diamond rings and dresses and shoes and kitchen gear and stationary and boats and homes and blah blah and blah blah. Suddenly the evening light hits you and the tree outside your window sways to say hi there.

Screen shut, aching hands stretch to open the doors outside and as your toes sink between the blades of grass, everything else is forgotten. A leaf falls on your head. Grabbing the leaf and looking at it in the palm of your hand, a wave of silent joy fills inside and spreads a warm glow.

 The most ordinary of things, mundane and unspectacular, inconsequential and unglamorous, have happiness stored in their stoma and they are willing to share it, now and always.

Comments (18)


August 19, 2016 by herbartium

Such beautiful words. They are truly inspiring. Thank you for sharing that.


    August 19, 2016 by zahraammar

    Thankyou! I truly believe we can salvage ourselves through poetry

Ashok Misra

August 19, 2016 by Ashok Misra

Yes, very true! Happiness can be found in simple, ‘ordinary, mundane…things! One only has have a vision.

Carl D'Agostino

August 19, 2016 by Carl D'Agostino

Thanks for your recent visit to my blog.

Eliza Waters

August 22, 2016 by Eliza Waters

It is the simple joys that make my life happy. I surround myself with such things: the soft purr of my cats, the flowers in my garden and a walk in nature. I need little else. <3

JoHanna Massey

August 22, 2016 by JoHanna Massey

These are such wise words. Thank you for sharing them. ūüźě


    August 22, 2016 by zahraammar

    Youbare most welcome. Thanks for stopping by.


August 22, 2016 by timkeen40

Every vacation I take ends the same way. Me sitting somewhere on my computer pounding out stories, replies to blogs, or making new ones. I have paid thousands of dollars to do what I am doing right now, which is watching a fire, writing a bit and listening to the green, green grass of home grow.

Thanks for visiting my blog. I look forward to more conversations.


Anne Sandler

August 23, 2016 by Anne Sandler

Thank you for visiting and following my blog. Through photography, I see the beauty and joy fills my heart. Processing the pictures allows me to make the raw image into what my emotions originally saw. Your writing touches the soul.


    August 23, 2016 by zahraammar

    Thanks Anne. I agree. Words are not enough on their own… it is only through amalgamating art and visuals that we can get closer to understanding emotions and thoughts.


August 29, 2016 by paytonslobodian

I love this post, perfect realization


    August 29, 2016 by zahraammar



September 6, 2016 by Opher

I’m not sure I’m seeking to get away as much as experiencing more!

El Coleccionista Hipnótico

September 8, 2016 by El Coleccionista Hipnótico

Always pleasant to let yourself be surprised but the small details of daily events happening around you. I like the way you expressed all that. Thank you.


September 14, 2016 by sklase

I remember doing this a lot with my kids. Kids tend to appreciate the simpler things of life like a horse chestnut, a leaf, a flower or a bug. We need to take a lesson from them.


    September 14, 2016 by zahraammar

    I agree. Somewhere along the way we are engulfed in all sorts of sensory overloads but we feel little.

Sophie Windatt

September 26, 2016 by Sophie Windatt

It’s so important to stop and appreciate the little things. This was lovely to read.


    September 26, 2016 by zahraammar

    Thanks Sophie. I am glad!

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