I have watched The Princess Diaries entirely too much in my lifetime. I haven't seen in it years, but thanks to middle school, I could probably still quote the entire thing.
There's a scene in the movie where they're singing a song at choir practice: "Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket, save it for a rainy day." And lately, as silly as it is and as long as it's been since I've seen the movie, that song has been popping into my head. When something good happens, I hear Mia's rebel best friend singing, "Save it for a rainy day."
Life is so full of little joys. A hot cup of coffee, making it to work on time even though you left the house late, a stranger giving you a compliment, the perfect combination of sunshine and a good breeze. I think what happens most of the time is that these things make us happy for just a second or two, and then we forget all about them. We smile in the moment, but then we move on, leaving whatever happy thing happened in that moment.
I've been trying to pay more attention to the little joys, because heaven knows I certainly pay enough attention to the things that go wrong.
So when good things happen-an extra 15 minutes of sleep or a really pretty sunset or an unexpectedly good movie turns into a new favorite-that song plays in my head, and I think about saving all of those happy little moments.
Because we all know that when a string of bad little things happen, we can name each and every incident of bad luck. So let's do the same with the good luck days, too. The little joys, the slices of happy that make life good. Catch them and hold onto them. Save them for a rainy day.