If ever there was a sign that life can be short, I think this weekend was it. I can’t stop thinking about the horrendous attacks in Paris on Friday night and those poor people whose vibrant lives were snatched away from them whilst they were out doing just that: living.
Emotions are certainly running high. At the moment, there seems to be just as much hate and negativity online as there is true compassion and respect, and although I know the Internet is a platform for discussion I really am surprised by some of the things I have read. And sadly more surprised by some of the people writing them. I can’t stop looking at social media; searching hashtags that I know will wind me up, reading comment threads on Facebook posts where everyone has become experts in the field of terrorism, politics, religion and world peace.
Slotted in between the anger fuelled rants, I keep seeing this Martin Luther King, Jnr quote:
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
This couldn’t be more relevant.
As much as writing a post about happy moments might feel silly and trivial, it’s these happy moments that will shine as our own personal light on the darkness we are sadly getting horribly used to. It’s good to have an opinion; great, in fact. But rather than putting energy into getting angry with the world, why not make the most of every little moment that makes you happy. There are thousands of people all over the world, from Syria to Russia to France and everywhere in between, who don’t have this luxury anymore.
I’ve always liked writing and reading these happy posts, they make you realise just how lucky you are. Even if you’re not into writing, make a mental note of all of the things that have made you happy recently. We all have so much to be grateful for.
On that note, here are my happy moments of late…
The long awaited wedding of my beautiful cousin, Freya and her lovely man finally arrived! We sped off down to Devon and spent the day celebrating with our wonderful family and friends. Freya looked stunning and the venue was perfect. I just love weddings!
More Live Music
Wayne’s favourite singer was playing a gig in a town close to where we grew up and so we headed out to listen to him play. It was a great night of live music and we discovered a few other local artists whose EP’s are now nestled firmly in our CD collection. The quirky venue made the night all the more worthwhile!
This Little Guy…
If he doesn’t make you smile I don’t know what will!
I don’t know if it’s my obsession with Instagram, but I know I’m not alone in the fact that I see almost every moment as a photo opportunity. This autumn, the colours have seemed that little bit brighter; a mesmerising pop of colour against our grey British skies. My Instagram grid is currently looking very orange…
A couple of weekends ago I found myself with a free afternoon, and so decided to spend a couple of hours making a good old mess in the kitchen. I baked bonfire night cupcakes and the world’s most chocolatey brownies (recipe coming soon!) and it was the most relaxed I had felt all week (I didn’t even get that annoyed when my piping bag split…)
As I’ve mentioned a thousand times before, Wayne is a definite country bumpkin and it’s a bit of a tradition in his family to watch the local carnival. We found a good spot (outside the pub), grabbed some drinks, and watched as the colourful floats made their way through the town. It’s not until you see them up close that you realise just how much time and effort goes into building them; some of the floats were seriously impressive!
Our Own Wedding Countdown…
With so many other weddings taking place, we haven’t really had time to think about our own. The start of November marked a year until we tie the knot, and time is already flying by. I’m sure the day will be here before we know it!
What have been your happy moments? Let’s start sharing!