I wonder if anyone can be happy all the time. Lately, I wonder if people can be happy most of the time. I think I may have lost that somewhere along the way.
I am happy — for this brief spit of time.
It’s not the big things, work or relationships. Today it was all about the small things.
Leaving work a little early: traffic was almost non-existent, even around the crowded LAX airport.
Checking into a nice hotel: front desk upgraded me to the concierge floor with access to the lounge.
West Side room: over looks the runway to the airport where I could watch planes landing and taking off.
A beautiful pink and gray sunset: my mother would have loved it, she never missed a sunset.
The lights on the runways come to life as the sun hides behind the gray fluffy clouds.
Planes large and small drop into view sporadically mere moments before touching down. Smoke billows behind the plane as rubber meets tarmac and air brakes are applied.
On the other side of the field, white lights guide the metallic colorful planes toward me. One then two start the queue. Slowly joined by more and then they turn facing away. The pilot throttles forward, the engines come to life and mere seconds later the plane roars down the runway before it separates itself from earth.
As I watch the dark field changes. Red lights, green lights, white lights twinkle on the ground. I find that for one perfect peaceful moment I am happy.
It is the little things from checking in, to watching planes in my own space, to a memory of sunset sent from mom that make me happy.
It is a rare thing I feel lately and one I would love to welcome back into my life on a more permanent long term basis. I enjoy the little things that bring me peace and a smile to my face.
I know tomorrow will bring me a few more moments of happiness because I will get to sleep in slightly before heading to the airport I now watch and board a plane which will return me to my home.
I will be greeted by a calico who will curl up in my lap as I sit on the couch to read. If the weather turns nice I will even find time to fly along a road in the country on my bike.
Yes, it is the little things that make me happy.