Look for joys of life

Rudyard Harrison, Somerset West

“When I remember my favourite things, then I don’t feel so bad”.

Familiar words from the lovely movie The Sound of Music.

Remembering our favourite things, however simple they are, will bring a smile to our faces and joy to our hearts.

Despite all the doom and gloom, many of us have a pretty good life in South Africa.

Instead of being dragged down by the bad news, let’s allow our spirits to be raised by the good news.

A lot of really
good work is being done. Let’s look for the joys!

Last week my spirits were buoyed by these ordinary experiences.

A ball rolls out of a toy shop onto the pavement; a passerby scoops it up and returns it to the toddler playing on the floor.

A motorist trying to make a difficult U-turn in rush hour traffic is waved across by a laughing minibus taxi driver.

A customer climbs out of her car at a shopping mall and enthusiastically exchanges greetings with the car guard “bonjour Madame, bonjour Rene!”

A steakhouse waitress delivers a patron’s fussy order, exactly as requested, with a smile from ear to ear.

It’s often the small, everyday things in life that put us in a good mood. Let’s spread the joy by making a habit of treating others with courtesy and respect. Life is a challenge for most of us; it will be more bearable if we look for the joys!


Rudyard Harrison