I recently read a piece of comfort that assured me working hard is the best way to feel satisfied, and as I walked to the train last night after a long day, I felt that I agreed.
I am busy working toward some big goals, and that work does indeed engender satisfaction. It also makes me tired.
So it helped to discover a subway serenade.
I can see clearly now, the train has gone
It’s not uncommon for there to be a musician on the subway platform. Since I’m there on a daily basis, I’ve gotten to know the regulars. In particular, there’s a man with steel drums who works references to the trains into his lyrics.
There are always tourists around to laugh.
But yesterday there was someone new—or rather, three someones. A jammin’ jazz trio, making the platform feel like a party.
Suddenly, I didn’t feel so tired. I felt alive, and rewarded.
The guys were set up right next to where I usually stand, so I could easily pretend they were there just for me, to lift my spirits after a long day and give me energy for the “second shift” of the evening ahead.
Make the simple things matter
I had something different planned for this #thankyouthursday—I was going to share my appreciation for the magic of meditation. (So don’t be surprised if that topic pops up on another Thursday.)
But today I am instead expressing gratitude for unexpected pleasures.
It really is the little things that affect our everyday experiences and interactions. And while we can control a lot of those little things, there are plenty we cannot.
Sometimes that means having to take a deep breath and endure discomfort.
And sometimes that means a mini party when you least expect it!
We don’t always get to pick between the two, but we do always have choices. So I say, party on, whenever possible.
Love > fear,