I Could Be Happy

8 Oct

I was stuck for something to write about today, until I took a look at this week’s Plinky Prompts email and it suggested I list ten things that make me happy.  I thought it would be easy, but it’s not.  Let’s take a minute to think about it.  My immediate reaction was ‘Maltesers’ and ‘Watching The West Wing‘ (the Hub & kids came waaaay down the list because they are too much like hard work) and all of those things that give us momentary pleasure.  But that’s not the same thing at all.  I found a great video on You Tube by  Videojug called How to be happy, which gives us seven simple steps to happiness.   However, I wonder just how happy Videojug is because he won’t share, so you’ll have to visit it yourself.

The best advice he gives is to ‘turn off that Morrissey record’.  He’s absolutely right: stop listening to misery and you’re halfway there already.  My Mum requested Whitney Houston’s version of I Will Always Love You to be played at her funeral, and I sobbed for the whole four minutes (give me a break; my mother had just died), so I want something cheerful at my funeral that will get everyone dancing (apart from the Hub, who will need no help, having been doing a jig to MLK’s Free at last! speech from the moment I take my last drool).  Maybe something by Mango Groove:

I think New Orleanians have it right, with their musical parades:

That’s what I call a funeral.

Not sure how I went from happiness to funerals; back to the subject at hand: I had to really think about what makes me happy because it comes from within and in my case will be hidden by chocolate; but I reckon for me, happiness comes from being true to myself.  I love my family; I love God; I love to write; I love to make people laugh; I love to laugh myself; I love to laugh at myself.  That’s enough for me. 

What makes you happy?

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The prompt for Big Tent this week was to borrow a line from someone else’s poem and use it as a springboard.  This is something I often do when I’m stuck for something to write; but it didn’t work for me this week (which I’m not happy about), so here’s more from the archives, inspired more by style than substance.  You can check out Roger McGough at  http://www.rogermcgough.org.uk/

My Favourite Poet

I’ve been reading Roger McGough.
I hope he makes a lot of dough.
If I ever meet him, I’ll bow down low;
Or perhaps I’ll bough down lough.

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How To Annoy A Poet

Roger McGough
would be hacked off
if he could only see
the liberties I’ve taken
with his excellent poetry. 

Alas, I’m a poet with no audience.
At least they can’t be boredience.

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20 Responses to “I Could Be Happy”

  1. vivinfrance October 8, 2010 at 11:12 #

    There is no way any audience could be boredience when you’re around. Your prose piece made me cogitate, and I think you’ve got the balance about right with your recipe for happiness. As for the McGough poems – wonderful and right there with his style.
    V x

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    • Tilly Bud October 8, 2010 at 12:05 #

      Dearest Viv, come round the back and I’ll slip you a tenner. Thank you for being my Number One Fan.

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  2. derrick2 October 8, 2010 at 12:39 #

    English spelling produces entertainment all its own! Your poems are fun, you should be happy. Anything from the Sister Act films makes me smile.

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  3. irene October 8, 2010 at 13:09 #

    I am getting under your skin. My quest in life is to be happy. 🙂

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  4. Mary October 8, 2010 at 14:26 #

    Very clever. You make me smile! And you DO have an audience.

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  5. systematicweasel October 8, 2010 at 15:44 #

    Wonderful post! =)

    -Weasel

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  6. Dick October 8, 2010 at 15:47 #

    I think that the greatest praise one could offer would be to observe that both of these short pieces would be right up McGough’s busy street! I like particularly the first with its pairing of ‘McGough’ and ‘lough’.

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  7. pamela October 8, 2010 at 16:35 #

    Cleverly written tilly!
    Pamela

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  8. Diane Truswell October 8, 2010 at 20:34 #

    A poet with no audience??? I don’t believe that, LOL. I think it’s bigger than you figured!

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  9. Tumblewords October 8, 2010 at 22:30 #

    Ohmigosh, this is one perfect post – add me to your audience, please. 🙂

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    • Tilly Bud October 11, 2010 at 14:21 #

      And that is one perfect comment. Thank you 🙂

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  10. 1sojournal October 9, 2010 at 00:35 #

    Add me to that list of fans. And now you’ve done it. Gotta watch Sister Act tonight, popcorn and ice cream of course. Ice cream is always a part of my happiness recipe. Enjoyed your post as usual, you always make me smile,

    Elizabeth

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    • Tilly Bud October 11, 2010 at 14:22 #

      Hope you enjoyed the film. I agree: it’s always worth a watch.

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  11. slpmartin October 9, 2010 at 03:45 #

    Bit late in writing back today…I must agree that New Orleans has the best way to say goodbye to folks…I certainly hope someone will celebrate my brief say on the revolving ball in space. 😉

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  12. Jeeves October 9, 2010 at 13:19 #

    Like this one…Boreaudience..Noooo…

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  13. rebecca October 9, 2010 at 23:17 #

    That’s a hard post, what makes one happy. I guess it would be to wake up each morning and realize we have one more day with my loves ones and my animals.

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  14. Marian Veverka October 10, 2010 at 21:07 #

    No audience? Maybe you can’t reach out & touch us, but we’re here! Liked the play on the spelling.

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I welcome your comments but be warned: I'm menopausal and as likely to snarl as smile. Wine or Maltesers are an acceptable bribe; or a compliment about my youthful looks and cheery disposition will do in a pinch.

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