Sunday, 28 July 2013

That extraordinary sense of happiness

The Cinderella Moment is launched!
I am by nature a pretty happy person but there is no doubt that life can be hard at times. Things happen: the unexpected challenge; the unplanned outcome; that mental script in your head that the people you're engaging with haven't 'read'; the emotional roller-coaster that doesn't know when to stop and let you off - such things remind us that we're human, mortal and fallible. No one gets it 'right' all the time.
But sometimes life gives you a perfect moment, occasionally a perfect hour or even, if you're lucky, a perfect day. I've had a few in my life and, as I've grown older, I've learned to appreciate them more and more.
I've learned to revel in them, to make part of my conscious mind recognise and record them so that later I can 'take out' those precious memories and replay them in my mind. And it's more than the five senses: I taste, smell, see, feel and hear the experience that means so much but in the best experiences it's a case of the sum of the parts being greater than the whole.
Thursday night at my book launch was like that. To be there with so many friends and family, to have interested members of the public turn up, to feel the press of people, hear the laughter, taste the excitement, see the enthusiasm - all of this added up to one perfect night. Whatever happens from here (and who can ever tell with a book?) I have my magic moment. Thank you.

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