A few years ago I worked in central London on a brand which had (has) lots of admirers, but the offices were basically a store-room beneath a boutique, and worse, underground with no natural light at all, unless we went to the ladies or ventured upstairs. Travelling to work on the underground too, meant that after two years I began to feel like a mole. I am now really grateful for and count myself lucky about simply being able to see the sky on my route in to work. Having missed it so much, it sets up my day and is definitely a reason to be cheerful. These Thoughts from the Stationmaster also light up my mornings, and I love reading, collecting and sharing them.
I also generally get a seat on my usual line, which is no small thing, as it guarantees you a little bit of personal space! This morning wedged onto a ridiculously busy commuter tube on an alternative route to avoid delays on my usual line, I literally had a man with a pretty impressive belly, squeeze himself into the overfull carriage, pressing his tummy against my back, and with his hand on the rail I felt like he was almost giving me a bear hug. Every time I inched away, I ended up basically between the legs of the man perched on the seat ledge. I wondered how this has happened in the last few decades - it has suddenly become totally normal to be as close to strangers as you are to your beloved. So I took the advice in the Thought of the Day below and got off the train. If you don't like something about your circumstances, you have to take responsibility for changing it, and I am all for change.
There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them. (Denis Waitley)
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us (Harvey Stanley Hoskins)
All our dreams can come true - if we have the courage to pursue them (Walt Disney)... (I'd like to add to this one - even if your dreams don't actually come true, the pursuit of your dreams makes you feel like you are taking charge of your life, and had you not pursued, you would never know what you could have achieved, or what you might have learnt along the way)
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle (Albert Einstein).
This post is linked to a really lovely collection of posts every week called Reasons to be Cheerful, which I've been meaning to write and link to for a long time, but never gotten around to. These thoughts of the day from the stationmaster make me cheerful every single morning when I see them, not just for the content, but for the fact that someone takes the time and the effort to write something that they hope will touch people on their daily commute. I hope you like them too.