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Amazingly Simple. Monday December 8, 2014

I watched a young child race his mother to the pedestrian crossing. Why did he dash to the crossing? For the amazingly simple pleasure of pushing the button! How many children get a wonderful amount of pleasure from being allowed to push a button or turn on a switch? Of course, celebrities enjoy this too – turning on the Christmas lights or cutting the ribbon to open something.

I've just made my first cup of tea of the morning. I was suddenly thrilled by the concept. Here was tea all the way from India (Assam), processed in a way that I simply had to add water to experience that taste of the East in moments – amazing! The experience was made possible by the electric company, the kettle manufacturer, the water company, and the dairy who had prepared the milk to such exacting standards. I was in receipt with a little miracle of modern life...and in touch with it again like the child's thrill in pressing the button.

Of course, I could go on. My father's shower is one of the most glorious experiences on the planet! I am very often grateful for the engineering skill that allows me to enjoy hot water coursing over my grateful nerve endings.

And in case you're thinking I'm the most positive person on the planet...just talk to someone who really knows me. I fight against clouds of gloom on a daily basis but I know that where my attention rests can change my state of mind. I am enormously grateful that I still have a child-like sense of awe about the most seemingly simple of pleasures: the morning tea, the shower, the joy of rain drops on a pond, the sight of a Mistle Thrush...

My hope for you today is that you enjoy that same tingle of pleasure from things that are simply amazing.

A Moodscope member.

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Hopeful One Mon, Dec 8th 2014 @ 5:22am

Thanks Lex. I agree with you that it is the seemingly small things if we learn to notice them , appreciate them and have an attitude of gratitude for them that bring a sustained uplift in our mood. It is a fallacy I beleve that more of anything brings more happiness, I don 't for a moment think that Bill gates is 34 billion times happier than me.

crafty wee midden Mon, Dec 8th 2014 @ 5:49am

Lupins. Instant flashback memory if my grandpas garden, which he loved, and the image from over fifty years ago of a droplet of water in the centre of the umbrella like leaves if a lupin. Always makes me think of my grandpa, and always make me feel that sense of wonder you spoke about. Thank you so much for that.

Anonymous Mon, Dec 8th 2014 @ 6:45am

thank you Lex. Your missive was a reminder for me of a conversation I had with my step daughter, who had suffered at the hands of a vile step father as a child. In her twenties she seemed to believe people who were happy/not depressed had a permanent feeling of euphoria. As she never knew first hand what it was like this seemed rational to her. So this is what she thought she should look for in every friendship and romance. We had a chat over a glass of wine when it all seemed to being going wrong again and I told her that 'just seeing the deer cross in front of my car when driving through Woburn's deer park would be enough to keep me positive for days'. The look of relief on her face was remarkable, she could now stop looking for constant euphoria and joy and relax a bit Thanks to you Lex I have reminded myself of my own advice as well as embracing yours/ Living with the depressed is exhausting and leaves one feeling useless, helpless and of course very sad.

Mary Blackhurst Hill Mon, Dec 8th 2014 @ 8:58am

Lex, your post today has given me that tingle of pleasure! Thank you my dear!

Julia Mon, Dec 8th 2014 @ 9:07am

You do come across as so lighthearted and amusing Lex. It's difficult to picture you gloomy. You write so well and cheer us all up. Do hope you are OK.

Anonymous Mon, Dec 8th 2014 @ 9:32am

Thank you, Lex, have just text lots of my friends this morning as I saw a king fisher again - twice in three days and I felt I could sing the text, I was so happy! Now hoping I have cheered some friends too! K ??

The Entertrainer Mon, Dec 8th 2014 @ 10:38am

Ah, one of my heart's desires is to see a Kingfisher! What a gem of a bird. My delight yesterday was in a troupe of Long-Tailed Tits - I say troupe because they were as noisy and animated as a circus troupe. That really sparked my day. Isn't it wonderful how many of us love birds? Thanks for sharing.

The Entertrainer Mon, Dec 8th 2014 @ 10:44am

Hi Julia - like us all, I have the capacity for both high and low. I like the happy Lex because he is lighthearted, youthful and amusing....

I was chatting with a friend who had been low. He said he didn't know how he could be a support to me, but he always is. Perhaps we don't always have the strength to help ourselves but there's always a certain something for other people?
I dip and nose dive when I compare myself with others' success (usually financially!) or when I fixate on something to worry about (at 2.36 in the morning!) I rise and fly when I look outside of myself and stand in awe at something simple in Nature or an act of human kindness.
For me, my mindset follows my focus!
So, my blog was from the depths of my being - I need to concentrate on that which is simply amazing... on a daily or even hourly basis!

The Entertrainer Mon, Dec 8th 2014 @ 10:45am

Hi Mary
It's Tinglemass then! I think "The Rhythm of Life" has something about Tingles too! Keep tingling, Dear one x

The Entertrainer Mon, Dec 8th 2014 @ 10:49am

Dear Anonymous, I wonder where we get our beliefs from? It's so helpful sometimes to become a heretic when it comes to one's own unrealistic beliefs. To believe we should always be happy is a hard belief to bear. But to believe we can find meaning and comfort in simply amazing moments each day, is much more helpful. I'm so glad you had a chance to have a transformational chat with your step daughter.
I also love the fact that you can remember the Deer for days... we all have a library of precious moments and I must remember today to take a moment to review my own library for memories that make me tingle.

The Entertrainer Mon, Dec 8th 2014 @ 10:50am

'nuff said, Alex... Lupins are the business!
Actually, you triggered a tingle-memory in me too - a great round bumble-bee plundering foxgloves... I can even hear its happiness at work!

Anonymous Mon, Dec 8th 2014 @ 12:42pm

So true. My walk in shower is one of my great delights. An egg and mayonnaise sandwich is another, especially eaten in the park on a sunny day - it doesn't need to be a warm day.
Thank you for your posts,

The Entertrainer Mon, Dec 8th 2014 @ 1:50pm

That's a fab insight, Hopeful One... your comment about Bill Gates. How much better to be a Human Being rather than a Human Doing or a Human Getting!

The Entertrainer Mon, Dec 8th 2014 @ 1:52pm

Thank you, Anonymous... and you reminded me of another treat - the simplicity of tomato and mozzarella salad. We often comment that the food that takes the least preparation can be the most satisfying. Now, I'd better stop before I get too excited about celery!

Anonymous Mon, Dec 8th 2014 @ 4:57pm

Mary said it! You can be the tingler and us you're tinglees :-D Thank you Lex, love ratg.

Anonymous Mon, Dec 8th 2014 @ 5:00pm

Not sure I'm actually that happy about what I've just posted. Didn't quite make it to screen how it sounded in my head. Serves me right for rushing! I should stick to early mornings. Dunderheid!! Love ratg.

The Entertrainer Mon, Dec 8th 2014 @ 5:04pm

Made me grin and tingle, RATG... I'm happy to grintingle any day!

Anonymous Mon, Dec 8th 2014 @ 7:11pm

The things that are most important we so easily take for granted... soo sad''

Anonymous Mon, Dec 8th 2014 @ 9:25pm

Swept up and saved me. Gracias!

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