There is a lot written on the movie Les Misérables, and I don't intend to try and repeat it here. I will simply say that I loved it. Adored it, even. I was swept up in the story, the music and the emotion from start to finish. I thought the acting was incredible. Les Misérables has joined Love Actually and Black Swan in my favourite movie list.
|Irrelevant photo #1. Bottlebrush atop Reabold Hill, Perth.|
I also left the cinema determined to remember how fortunate I am. I have not experienced crippling poverty, known what it is to lack basic necessities, slept on the streets, been beaten or imprisoned, had a child I couldn't support, or lost people I love to war or revolution. The movie opened my eyes to what I already know, but am prone to forgetting when life gets busy or difficult or tiring: I am lucky in my life. And even when my life is busy or difficult or tiring, it is still easier than some people's lives.
This renewed vigor and thankfulness lasted, oh, about 4 hours. By Sunday evening I was worrying about work-related matters, and I proceeded to start the new week more anxious than I have been for some time. My efforts to remind myself of my good fortune were swept away by an internal panic button that decided this was the week it wanted to be pressed.
|Irrelevant photo #2. Kalamunda National Park, Perth hills. No panic here.|
I am a little unimpressed with myself.
In an effort to re-capture some of that post-movie gratitude, I focused today on finding 5 small things for which I was thankful. As it turns out, I found 6 by midday.
Here is my list.
- A husband who, last night, made me laugh until I cried.
- A cool breeze on my morning run; being able to run injury-free; and being moderately distracted from my thought processes when running (this is a 3 in 1 special).
- My morning coffee with unsweetened almond milk. Perfection.
- My workplace having functional air conditioning after 2 weeks without it.
- Multiple books on my bedside table, patiently waiting until I choose to sink into them (incorporating birthday and Christmas titles as well as Lonely Planet library loans).
- Daydreaming of a camper van and expansive distances in the Northern Territory and Queensland.
|Irrelevant photo #3. Ladder to nowhere.|
For similar thoughts on daily happiness, see Lisa's blog Blithe Moments.
Do you find yourself slipping back to complacency after trying to be mindful of good fortune or similar? Please tell me it isn't just me...
* Alternative post titles included "Why Les Misérables changed my life for four hours", "Why I need to watch Les Misérables daily".