Help! Oh my goodness - I've been tagged!

This has never happened before - it's a meme - "10 things that make me happy."

Thank you Lucy Lopez for passing it on to me.

Well - it's quite strange when it comes to actually focussing on happiness, what exactly is it?
Does it imply that we are unhappy, until these moments of happiness arrive?
I don't feel that is so - they are peaks in an already positive landscape.
They seem to categorise themselves - for me.

* The relieving of a natural urge or desire - restoring comfort.
* Surprise events, serendipity - that snap us out of our expectations.
* Artistic satisfaction.
* Appreciation of constant treasures.
* Sublime moments of connection with or acute awareness of the miraculous.

1) The glow of satisfaction that follows a creative journey - be it a musical composition - or a piece of writing. When all the editing is done - and everything has fallen into place - you can allow yourself to say "It is finished."

2) Conducting an orchestra - when all the elements of a performance align themselves - a responsive audience, the weather (it affects the sound,) energy levels of the performers, singers, the orchestra playing sweetly in tune - there appears to be a golden thread running from start to finish - carrying the emotions - in an unbroken arc - and you are reminded again of the power and purpose of theatre.

3) Being "in the zone" - moments of improvisation on the piano - where I find the key, the harmony, the melodic phrase of that moment - a unique expression of inner feeling - translated into a mood, an atmosphere - it comes and is gone - but for that short duration - ecstacy.

4) Singing in a harmony group - where the result is so much more than the sum of the parts - to feel an entire group breathing, phrasing - singing as one - the sizzle of the harmony making the hairs on the neck stand up and take notice.

5) Receiving an unexpected compliment or appreciative remark - how considerate, to go beyond
themselves in that way - I must remember how pleasant that is - such a simple way to pass on a parcel of joy.

6) Driving on a beautiful day - when I have actually allowed ample time for the journey - a chance to practice good road manners.

7) Dreams - especially flying dreams - that is absolute ecstacy - to be able to levitate at will - and
fly. It's impressive as well.

8) Moments when the sublime humour of creation hits the nerve - caught unexpectedly with our sense of logic rendered helpless - and one is engulfed with laughter.

9) Feeling a heart full of love - knowing that it is there all the time - and that it depends on nothing externally.

10) The appreciation of friendship - it is a mystery how and who we meet in this life - and there are those precious friends, there in all weathers, for many, many years - in an unconditional way. That is a great blessing. I hope that I occupy that place for some people.

All done - wasn't as hard as I thought - in fact, I could probably go on. It is very therapeutic actually - to count one's blessings. Thank you Lucy.

So I pass this on to:-

Jane at Drippingmind
Lea at OceanOfPerspectives
Prakash at Wizards & Villains

& here's the other two "tag-mates" from Lucy

Rainer at Esoterical Journey
Allan at Baldeagle Blogs

This was passed to me by Lea at Ocean Of Perspectives

My goodness - this is getting very revealing.
  1. List these rules on your blog.
  2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog.
  3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.

7 FACTS about Ellumbra

1 - WORK: Left school aged 15 and joined the Grenadier Guards Band as a musician. Purchased a discharge after 6 years - on the road with a jazz/rock band - now self-employed - mainly working as Musical Director in theatre.

2 - EDUCATION: Professional qualifications - and experience - bucketloads.

3 - FRIENDSHIP: Quantity diminishes but quality shines through as time goes by. Mainly fellow musicians - an earthy, friendly race.

4 - RELATIONSHIPS: Married twice - divorced once - currently not in an intimate or happy personal relationship (work it out.)

5 - WWW: I can remember back to the 90's when it was the buzz-word - and I didn't have a clue what it was about. Buying a computer soon fixed that - it seems to become more and more useful and engaging every day. Many positives - and potential negatives.

6 - FITNESS: Fit - like to eat healthily - was vegetarian for 10 years, until I was seduced by a suasage roll - still prefer non-meat dishes out of choice. Enjoy yoga, from time to time - tea-total - but I do partake of tobacco (in the Native American way) - no, that's a cop out - I'm addicted.

- DREAMS: Still working at them - they are elusive and ill-defined, but include artistic satisfaction, spiritual happiness & and a fulfilling relationship.

So - I pass this on to:

Silent Storm at Psyche Analyzed

Camaroman at Let's All Be Friends

Maya at Mayamurofushi

Deborah Katy at Deborah Katy Thumb Blogger

Justin at Free For All

Jennifer at Writing To Survive

Sumayyah at Sumayyah Said So

Fellow tag-mates from Lea:

Rajesh at Yoga, Pranayam, Meditation, Life, Webmaster, SEO

Mike at Live Life 365

Jeffrey at Jeffrey Kishner

Traffic Guru at Free Real Traffic

Bradley at How Is Bradley

Brian at Internet Marketing


Lucy Lopez said...

What a delightful assortment! I enjoyed reading it and will return to read it again to allow it to absorb me more fully :-)

Great that you accepted the tag and so promptly too!


PS Tim, your settings don't allow me to use a generic id

Anonymous said...

Hey Tim, Am I glad to have you back, first I did not follow that message of yours on my shout box , then I visited your site and here I am thrilled to have u back,I shall read it again , the time at present is 4.12AM, I had just posted , OH! by the way opened a new site, http://prakash09.blogspot.com, this shall be on human values, visit it u may like it, well welcome back hope u had recieved my mail.
And pl. don't vanish, friends are a rarity these days, iff not be in touch my mail ID is with you. Prakash.

Ellumbra said...

@ Lucy - I'm not clear why or what I can do about that ID setting - I'll keep it in mind. Meanwhile, great that you got your comment down.
Thanks for passing the tag over - it was an interesting excercise.

@ Prakash - likewise, good to be in touch again. I shall give you a visit at your new site.

Jennifer said...

That's quite a list of things that make you happy -- most of which are about the creative process, in its many layers. The qualities of life.

I'll let you know when I complete the seven facts. Thanks for passing on the meme!

silent storm said...


... see I'm very articulate like that! :)

Ellumbra said...

@ Jennifer - many thanks for the comment. Yes it was hard to stop at the required amount. Thanks for accepting the tag - I'll be fascinated to see your version.

@ Silent Storm - such palindromic economy - I'm impressed. Thanks for accepting the tag. I'll be fascinated to see your version as well.

Jennifer said...

It's finally up!