Every now and then, I like to stop and take a moment to check in with my goal as part of writing this blog, my pursuit of happiness.
At times, I find the pursuit has lagged or even stalled.
And then there are those wonderful periods, when I find those blissful moments of happiness extending and staying for longer.
It doesn't mean my life won't fall to crap sometimes, and it always will.
That's why it's important to take a moment in time to appreciate something that has made you feel happy, or alive, or all warm and snuggly inside.
It can be anything. A toddler's mischievous chortle. The wise smile of an elderly loved one. A rainbow. A sunset. A warm cat on your lap, or sleeping puppy at your feet. A baby's hand curled around your finger. A swim under a waterfall. A first kiss.
Earlier this year, I decided to invite those moments into my life more often by saying 'Yes' as often as possible. Well, only to things that are legal, and sensible (mainly). And erm, possible. Clearly.
One of these was my trip to Bangkok with two of my dear friends from high-school, where inner children were rediscovered and set free. Where I laughed more than I have in years.
I brought at least part of the spirited inner-child back with me and I've attempted to keep her with me.
And my 'Yes Year' led to my thankful moment in time this week.
It all started with saying yes last week to coffee with a friend ...
As with all good stories, that led to a series of interesting events.
At times it was a little scary ...
(See the face in the rock on the left there?Actually, there is one on the right too.)