When the dog bites, when the bee stings,
when I'm feeling sad,
I simply remember my favorite things,
and then I don't feel so bad.
The lyrics of a song in the movie, 'The Sound of Music'.
I am not an extrovert! Not completely introvert either! Moody, you can say! It keeps fluctuating! And I tell myself when I am frustrated that the mood will change soon and it CHANGES with a small action or a pleasant word from people around me. Huh, I forgot music...music always changes my moods! However tensed up I am, I start humming when I hear my favourite songs in the radio (I am a radio freak!)
I heard this song in the radio a couple of days back and it is still running in my mind.
I have watched 'The Sound of Music' many many times and I notice new things to admire every time I watch. All the songs in the movie are my favourites!
I attend yoga classes 4 times a week and we do the exercises on our building's rooftop. 2 classes in the mornings and 2 classes in the evenings. We can watch sunrise in the mornings and sunset in the evenings, while doing the exercises! We, ladies, 10 of us, always feel happy to watch the sun. Every time we see it, all of us say in chorus, 'yevlo azhagaa irukku! Means 'How beautiful it is'. And we say the same thing the next time! I have noticed that I am always happy after the class, for a long time. The exercises or the pranayama make me feel happier always. My friends also say so!
I met my old maid who had been with me for 18 years (now retired!) after a long time. She took me home and showed me her house. It is a small house built on one cent of land. One room plus kitchen...3 floors! One floor for her and her younger son. One for her older son and another for her married daughter. When she joined work at home, she looked pathetic. Her youngest son was sitting on her hip...both of them looked dirty. She stood in front of our gate and asked for a job. I felt bad for her and asked her to come home the next day, having a head bath and with a clean sari. Gave her an old sari of mine too! I told her not to come for work without taking bath! And she did come a little bit neat the next day. This was in 1990. We had shifted from Hosur and were looking for a maid. Her kids were small and studying in a government school in the next street. She got work in 3 other nearby houses. She used to collect food from all of us and keep on the window near the staircase. In the afternoon, her children would come for lunch. She used to mix all the food together, make balls of them and give them to the children, one by one! One more mouth used to wait, our dog Andy. We were so careful not to give him salted food at home and pampered him so much but he was happily gobbling up the saambaar and rasam rice, our maid fed him. I was shocked to see her feeding him in her hand and then giving the next ball of food to her children with the same hand! She used to say, 'nothing will happen' 'Onnum aagaadhu'! All of them used to giggle, tease each other, eat and run back to school. The children grew up...the sons finished 10th and started working. One daughter married an electrician. He was very smart and changed the entire family. Our maid also got some money from her mother's side, a couple of lakhs. In between I had shifted to the outskirts of the city. She came there too and worked for another 10 years. Then as per her son's wishes she quit the job. I gave her a good amount of money when she left. I used to take care of the children's uniform and books during their school years. Now, when I saw her after nearly 6 years, I was so happy seeing her happily living in a proper house! All the children came to see me and gave me cold drink. The eldest daughter had brought up the family well. My maid also worked hard (in 4 houses) to bring them up. The elder son used to distribute newspapers in his school days, then took up the agency. In daytime, he was selling mobile phones. Now, he has got a small printing press. Felt so happy, seeing all of them living happily.
I feel happy when I see my plants bloom...while watching birds...when I see the stray, but happy dogs in front of our complex gate...cats on the roads on our way to our morning walks...sunrise at the Elliots beach...the list is long.
Sometimes, a small word from our friends or relatives change our moods to depression or happiness. I always tell myself that the mood will change from depression to happiness soon...it does for me...it will do for you too!
Be happy always!
(Lyrics are here...very interesting!)