Friday, April 11, 2014

Faerietale Happiness Challenge: The Errand Extravaganza

I live in a suburban area so I try to schedule several errands or appointments for the same day if I have to "go into town."

So there was quite a bit of hurry up and wait in my day! And I only had time for the briefest of spiritual practices before it was time to leave. These are the days that drain me.


But keeping my simple happiness goal in mind, I did decide in the middle of it all that I had better stop and eat lunch. Sometimes I try to push on through to make my time away end sooner, but I could tell that my blood sugar was getting low and that's not a very happy feeling at all.

My mother was along for the ride and the three of us (son, mother and me) had a great time eating lunch together, hanging out and singing songs while we were in the car. I also wore my favorite color (orange) and that made me feel happier and gave me some energy.

Mother and Child Reunion

I do want to share a poignant moment that happened during one of the prolonged periods of waiting I endured.

I saw a mother holding her toddler son and my eyes met his as he leaned his head against hers, grabbed her neck & shoulder, and looked around for something interesting. At 13, my son is far too big to hold that way and he can no longer be bothered with cuddling.

So I enjoyed watching the mother and son, and missed the days when I used to hold my own son that way.

When we got back, my son and I watched a couple of TV shows together before I got on the computer to get some work done. All in all, waiting and tiredness and moment of loss notwithstanding, I give the day a simple happiness rating of 6.

I continue to marvel at the way that just paying attention makes the good outrank the less good moments of the day. Do you find that to be the case, as well?

Have a wonderful weekend!

What if you could finally heal
whatever is blocking you from the faerietale life
that's waiting for you?



  1. It's been 3 years that we haven't been in a family reunion, I hope we will see each other soon.. Thank you for reminding me on how it feels with a mother and kids bonding ;)

    1. I hope so, too, Richard! You're welcome. :)

  2. Thanks for your positive post. Happy weekend to you as well!

  3. Hey Anna

    I LOVE your "Happiness Challenge". I didn't HAVE to comment on your post because it was the 3rd one above mine in the Blog Challenge group, but I CHOSE to be part of your journey, nonetheless. #Muaah

    Thank you for allowing us a sneak peek into your life. BTW, the story with the mother and son made me smile WIDE! My nephew is 13, and I too miss the days when he used to CLING to me. Today, he barely says two words over the phone, ALTHOUGH he transforms into that LOVELY child from 6 years ago when we meet. Simple pleasures indeed.

    I give myself a 7/10 on the Happiness Meter for today ;)

    Lots of love, hugs and best wishes

    1. Yay for 7 out of 10!! So glad to hear that, Kitto! And how sweet of you to come visit and comment. I'm glad to hear that you understand how I felt about my son. That mother and son were SO sweet, and I do miss those days. Hugs, and have a wonderful weekend! ~Jeanine

  4. Wonderful post....sounds like you have a lovely bond with your family....

    1. Hi Michael! Thanks!! We do have a great bond, but it's nice to hear that from somewhere else and be reminded of it.


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