Happy thougths
by Nancy Russell Catan

As I write this, it is raining really hard. The cloudy sky is dark, thunder and lightning rumble and flash. Water pours over the eaves in waterfall-like torrents. Our dogs huddle together for warmth, comfort, and reassurance that this is not the end of the world. This has been sort of a lowbat (no energy) day for me, complete with a pre-storm humidity headache.

It’s on days like this that I open a favorite little book “Happy Thoughts” (edited by Louise Bachelder) that I picked up some time ago at a book sale. Let me share some of the happy thoughts with you. They never fail to cheer me up and help me get my life back into a brighter focus.

“To awaken each morning with a smile brightening my face; to greet the day with reverence for the opportunities it contains; to hold ever before me, even in doing of little things, the Ultimate Purpose toward which I am working; to meet men and women with laughter on my lips and love in my heart; to be gentle, kind, and courteous through all the hours; to approach the night with weariness that ever woos sleep and the joy that comes from work well done – this is how I desire to waste wisely my days.” –Thomas Dekker.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow writes: Think every morning when the sun peeps through, The dim, leaf-latticed windows of the grove… How jubilant the happy birds renew their old melodious madrigals of love; And when you think of this, remember, too, this always morning somewhere, and above the wakening continents, from shore to shore, Somewhere the birds are singing evermore.

In all things God works for good for those who love Him and who are called accordingly to His purpose. –Romans 8:28

And this little poem from Henry Van Dyke always leads me to consider the things that I treasure in life. As I count up my treasures, I brighten and look forward to the coming hours of today and all the tomor rows ahead of me.

He writes: These are the things I prize And hold of dearest worth: Light of the sapphire skies, Peace of the silent hills, Shelter of forests, comfort of the grass, Music of birds, murmur of little rills, Shadows of cloud that swiftly pass. And, after the showers, The smell of flowers, And of the good brown earth – And best of all, along the way, friendship and mirth.

So many happy thoughts on such a rainy day …sometimes we need the rain to force us to stop for awhile and think happy thoughts. This is what makes life worthwhile, isn’t it?

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