It's been a while since I had one of those Happiness Moments. Certainly with the birth of a new grandchild I've had plenty of times of gratitude and pleasure. But the effervescent joy that I call a Happiness Moment had eluded me for almost two months.
It was a small moment, but oh, so welcome. Thanks to being away from home (and sick, and exceedingly busy) for a month, plus some disruptions before that, my e-mail had gotten completely out of control. Since returning, I've been chipping away at it, and doing some reorganization.
Late yesterday afternoon I realized that it is now under control. Not that I no longer have a mountain of e-mails to deal with. It's a much smaller mountain, true, but those that could be handled easily are gone, and what remains will command a lot of time. So what was the cause of the champagne-bubble thrill?
All my e-mails are sorted and ordered and I know what needs to be done in a timely manner and what can wait. The former have been sorted into "Action" folders, and I know to give them top priority. But all the e-mails that now reside in various Project and Someday folders no longer trouble me, as I know there is no hurry, and I can get to them whenever I feel I have the time and energy to tackle them. What's more, they are organized, so that if I decide to work on accumulated reading, or educational materials, or computer enhancements, I can navigate immediately to the relevant material.
When I used to do a lot of mountain climbing, I loved the moment when I doffed my heavy pack and walked free: I felt lighter than air and every step was dancing.