Realizing Happiness

As I walked back home after dropping my daughter off at school – an enjoyable thing I’ve done off and on for 9 years – I had an interesting internal mini-conversation.

“I’m forty-three. I’m healthy. Have a wonderful family. No financial worries. A decent career. A passion to pursue.”

I glanced up.

Leafy green boughs of twenty-year old trees arched gracefully across the now quiet avenue. A blue sky with white fluffy clouds peeped through the branches, bright and clear in the soft morning sunlight.

I felt a small thrill of excitement run through me, as the next words formed inside my mind:

“I am happy!”

It felt more intense at that moment.

Nothing had changed in my outside world.

I had just become more aware of it!