“After all,” Anne had said to Marilla once, “I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping of a string.” Life at Green Gables was full of such days…
Anne of Windy Willows – Lucy Maud Montgomery
I remember one day lamenting over the fact that special and fun things hardly ever happened in my life. Then I wondered if I could change that.
I decided that, in order to be able to be excited about SOMETHING, I would be excited about ANYTHING that was mildly pleasing. And it worked! Every week I had several things to be excited about… sometimes it was payday, sometimes an afternoon in a cafe with a friend, or reading inside with the sound of rain on the roof, or even a sleep-in on the weekend. Everything seemed to have suddenly become so much more exciting! And it was all because I looked forward to it and enjoyed the moment when it arrived!
It is for this reason that this passage from Anne resounds with me. She didn’t need anything fantastically exciting to happen to her each day in order for her to be happy. She just focussed on the “simple little pleasures” of life. Sometimes it was a stroll in the fields, or seeing springtime bring out new blooms, or having some raspberry cordial with a bosom friend (hehe). There are tonnes of otherwise menial moments in Anne’s life that filled her with raptures.
She didn’t wait for something exciting to happen to her, she just made every day exciting.
Green Gables was full of such days…. is your home full of such days?
Anne of Windy Willows – read online