Day 11 of my #blog365...... from my desk in "Ice station Zebra".... Yes, that's right you guessed it.... The heating boiler has gone phut just as the arctic weather is headed our way.
Typical hey, it always seems to happen when it's least needed. Now for those of you who have visited Holly House, you'll know it dates from circa 1740 in parts, which could give the idea of a cosy old farmhouse... and you wouldn't be wrong.... most of the time. Right now however, It's probably fair to say that's it's a tad warmer to stand outside looking up at the silvery light of the full moon, than it is inside. In fact I could be forgiven for howling at the moon just to keep warm!
Scenes from East is East come to mind, maybe if I was to sit here in my parka zipped up to the top I might stop my teeth chattering.
But you know what, I'm blissfully happy, despite the baltic conditions.
The reason for this..... New sparkly shoes.
Yes, I returned home from Stratford upon Avon to a neatly wrapped package delivered by our friendly postie. A impulsive purchase online has resulted in the sparkliest pair of converse type pumps a girl could ever dream of.
I will admit at this point as I dance around the office in front of Jon as he tries to write a report, singing "Sparkly Shooooes" He has just confirmed that I am in fact just as "Bat shit" crazy as he had always suspected. He does love me all the same and as it goes, if a £5 pair of sparkly pumps can bring me so much blissful joy then all is well in the World.
Of course I have to do the "Facetube" thing ( what our house call facebook live) and Whatsapp my daughter Sarah to also sing the "Sparkly shooooes" song and accompanying demonstrative video, just to prove without any doubt just how the sparkles catch the light.
I know, I know you're thinking, you're very easily pleased Lisa, but why on Earth are you telling us this.... get to the point!
And I will.
I just thought about all the little juicy moments of joy in my day today, from Suzuki delegates on today's coaching course participating in the Get the Edge race ( pop over to the facebook page to take a look, it will make you smile) From Steve Robbo, my GTE colleague singing and story telling...lots of moments to make me smile... all of which could have been erased by the igloo type conditions ( in fact I'm sure an igloo would be cosier ) I returned home to.
In fact there's another little smile moment to share, as I get into bed.... which too is absolutely freezing, even with double quilt power.... I remember I had suggested that going to the Ice Hotel was on my bucket list..... I realised in this very moment that maybe I wasn't designed for such trips and that even if dressed as Nanouk of the North I probably shouldn't ever put myself in the postion where it could be that cold, as in truth, I'd more than likely be grumpy..... very, very grumpy!
So I digress..... my point today is how many times do you save up "Joy" for the big things, holidays, the weekend, anniversaries, birthday's, Christmas.... and not savour the golden nuggets of joy every single day?
Today I urge you to just revisit your day ( a little bit Like the film About time... great film if you haven't seen it by the way) and notice all the moments of absolute joy there have been. That's where life is happening, right there in those juicy moments.
And then as you go about your day every day be in those moments and absolutely turn up the joy!
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