Simple secrets to happiness

via Daily Prompt: Simple

I often get asked why I don’t look my age and why I am so “happy”.  The answers to me are always simple and may end up being part of other blogs, but for now, in a time when there is so much in the world that is disturbing and dark, I thought I’d start off with some basic stuff. (Please be aware I am new to blogging so this is all out of my comfort zone!)

When I was small, my grandmother caught me preening in front of my mirror and gently told me that beauty didn’t magically appear on your face. Not real and lasting beauty anyway. She told me that what lived in my heart would show up on my face…if I made ugly thoughts and attitudes welcome in my inner self, my face would reflect those things. She used words that a lively nine year old would understand and my imaginative little self definitely got the message.

Life hasn’t necessarily been kind. I’d love to say otherwise but I’ve travelled over some very rough terrain at times and despair, anger and hopelessness have been constant companions. In spite of that I’ve always kept the spark of happiness alive, even when it has shrunk to a matchstick-size flame struggling against the winds of turmoil. If you can look beyond yourself and see the positive potential in even the worst of times, then that flame won’t be extinguished.

Simple doesn’t always mean easy. Determination and perspiration are sometimes involved. Deciding to be happy is actually a thing. But it pays dividends within your own soul and the souls of those around you. You can actually change your world for the better when your heart and mind switch from negative to positive. I work with the elderly every day and I prove it constantly.

In terms of my appearance, if you saw me, you wouldn’t necessarily notice me as anything remotely stunning or special. Apparently though I look younger than I ought to and my usual response to the surprise that people express when they find out I am 50 and want to know my secret is “face cream and good intentions.” It doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult or complicated. Looking good and feeling good begin inside. When that flows outwards it can be infectious. Simple.

Simple

Perception

Walking through pre-dawn light

figures crouch in murky shadows,

strange beings that seem to move in measured animation.

A misshapen kangaroo huffs at grass, a hunched owl grips a gnarled branch…

I blink and they are gone,

turned to stump and old tree as the light shifts,

pulling back night’s shroud…

but they wait, still and silent in my mind

ever nudging at the door of my perception. © CC

Thrills…

Storm clouds folded on the sky

like the tangled sheets of a restless dreamer

Small birds on a wire

exploding into the air like wind-blown confetti

Sail boats sit still as stones

embedded in the river, fire fly lights winking

the list is endless, small and large things that tug at my senses and stir my soul

life’s pageant is eternal. © CC

Beginnings…

I have spent too long waiting to work out what to do with my writings. So here I am. I chose the name for this blog because I wanted to keep it simple and clear and true. I do like to play with words and use them to paint pictures and express emotion, but at the end of the day I try not to waffle or strangle myself with them!

Pure therefore does not reflect any connotations of religious leanings or beliefs. My views on that are personal and although I reflect from time to time on the spiritual or ‘otherness’ of things yet unknown. I am blogging to share mainly good, positive things. No more or less. If people read and are encouraged, I am happy. Life can be a bumpy ride for us all at the best of times. Sometimes you find yourself climbing, crawling or circling the bumps in your road. Sometimes you get air and pray you’ll land softly with all your bones intact. I hope that whatever is happening for you is good and if it isn’t, that you know there are places and spaces to take a breath…like beside my big river above. Wherever you are, whatever is happening, you aren’t alone, things do pass and change. See you on the road…CC