8/05/2007

Sights, Sounds, and Tastes of Happiness

It's a cool August morning. A Sunday. I should have slept longer, but couldn't. So at 7:15, I went to look at the sky, the trees, the wind running through the trees and shrubberies outside, the overnight clouds shifting quickly in the hands of the delicious wind that is blowing in all directions. I looked. I listened to the sounds of leaves moving, the sprinklers watering the lawn outside, the few cars passing in a distance, the airplane flying overhead, the birds having a celebration on the tree branches, the whistle of the kettle inside. As I sit here sipping my Tea Anglaise (strong tea with milk, a long-time addiction of mine since I went to live in the UK for an assignment a long time ago), I see the wind blowing the curtains in and pouring fresh air inside. I listen some more. I'm thinking to myself when was the last time I let my senses be exposed and relaxed like this? To let myself hear and see everything, even when nothing is seemingly happening around me? I love the taste and temperature of my tea on my tongue. I love being awake. I love being me this morning.

26 comments:

jeerjeerak said...

This is exactly what i'm trying to teach myself. Cherishing the seemingly ordinary moments of our living.

Anonymous said...

nazy jan
it was nice explain about morning
it reminds me a old radio program in Tehran, it was called 'SALAM SOBEH BEKHIR' that always said same things,EVERYWHERE IS BEAUTIFUL, WAKEUP, OPEN THE WINDOWS.......
to tell the true, me and mornings never have been good friends!!!!!
bayram

مانا said...

نازی جون چه احساسات قشنگی.الان توی خانه من هم پدر و پسر رفته اند حمام و صدای جیغ و آب ریختنشون سر همدیگه میاد.من هم این صداها را خیلی دوست دارم.خانه را ساکت می کنم و به صدای هردوشون گوش می کنم و لذت میبرم.شب خوبی داشته باشی

Nazy said...

Salam Jeerjeerak Jan. Good for you my friend! The best things and feelings in the world are free. We must occasionally wake up to them! Be good azizam.

Nazy said...

Bayramali Jan: Sobh Be Kheir! Haha, I know what you mean about mornings. I'm not ordinarily a morning person myself, either. This was different today. I remember that program! It used to make me so mad, as I was in my usual "bad morning mood," trying to get out of the house and to work! Wasn't it annoying? Of course radio programming in Iran was all annoying to me, except for that nightly program with that poet (can't remember his name now). Be good and have a happy Sunday Bayram.

Nazy said...

Mana Jan: Thanks for coming my friend. I could imagine the sounds in your house just now. What a wonderful thing to listen to, even better than the sounds in my house now! Be good my friend and Shab Be Kheir.

Shabnam said...

Love the "Tea Anglaise" - Which actually is what is also known here as a "Good old cuppa"... How common we are... !

ا. ش said...

نشانه های خالی کردن پیمانه ات در این توصیف دیده می شوند .....
یک چیزی هم برایت در این جا نوشتم، نگاهش کنید
"Can Hafez, Molana, ....

Nazy said...

Shabnam Jan, Salam! What a wonderful honor to have you visit all the way from London! I am delighted you came my dear. Though I have a confession t make if you promise you will never make fun of me about it! I make the tea Engnlish style, but still drink it Iranian style with a big fat sugar cube or "ghand-e-shakasteh" on my tongue! Thanks for coming my friend.

Nazy said...

Salam Alef Shin Jan: Thanks for the observation. I am trying. Thanks for coming.

Shabnam said...

Hahaha... Nazy... Its what i call "Persian-Fusion" and long may it reign! We have to keep our traditions alive. Personally for me, milk is purely for Coffee, never for tea. Although my dear Nazy joon, i wouldn't dream of making fun of you. You set the standards to which the rest of us merely aspire too. (You, trend-setter you!!!) xxx

Nazy said...

Sweet Shabnam! Persian-Fusion! Love it! I just never thought it would have to do with "Chai-e-ghand-pahloo-Anglaise!" You are funny!

Tameshk said...

My Dearest Nazy

Thanks for Paging me over and over. I have a limited access to internet and when I have it is very slow. So I have decided to wait a bit and update Tameshk in late August when I am back.

Nonetheless I enjoy reading your posts and like always they are engaging and thoughtful.

Best
Tameshk.

Assal said...

If you ask me, add a pinch of cinnamon and a little honey and then you have the perfect cup of "yummy".

Also: The weather today is like heaven!

Nazy said...

Tameshk Jan: I'm so glad you re-surfaced! Missing you girl. I hope you are having a good time my friend. End of August is a date! Be good.

Nazy said...

Salam Assal: Yes, I remember you to be tea connoseiur! It felt like the early autumn today. Just perfect.

serendip said...

Exquisitely decadant and delicious post. thanks.

Nazy said...

Salam Serendip! Thanks for your comment! Yes, it felt great enough to report. Say, on the "John Says His Piece" post, Alef Shin has left you a comment. I find your exchange interesting and challenging to observe! I give you both kudos for explaining your positions vigorously. It's one of those things that makes blogging really rewarding for me. Be good Serendip Jan.

Tahereh said...

Dear Nazy,
it is about one monthI read your weblog, you write nice , you think so shiny and wonderful,I feel just life in your text.
unfortunatly , I don't know anything about you, just I know you come from the same country as me,
I coudn't find any profile form you in your weblog, I like to imagine more about you, I see you really wise woman,who has so much experience...
good luck

takhovski said...

The real taste of being...

Nazy said...

Salam Bar Tahere-ye Aziz:

Thank you so much for coming and for reading and for leaving this kind comment. Ha ha! You are probably the only person around me who thinks I'm a "mystery!" I am a pretty ordinary individual, actually! I am an Iranian who have lived between Iran and US for close to 30 years. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area with my two sons, whom I love very much both as my children and as my friends. I have a job and blog and write in my spare time. I like to bring the two countries I love, Iran and US, together through helping dialogues and information sharing. Most Americans don't have a realistic idea about Iranians, and many Iranians don't really know Americans. It is my hope to help promote understanding of real life in both countries. I appreciate music, dance, cinema, and arts, and talk about both Iranian and International artists whenever I can, as arts are excellent subjects around which humanity can interact. That's about all about me! I hope this sounds good enough for you to come back my friend. My audience is a group of interesting and kind people all over the world, it seems, and I am honored to come across knowing them, yourself included. Take care Tahereh Jan.

Nazy said...

Dear Takhovski: Yesterday life was beautiful in that way and today it is beautiful in another way. We must try to "see" that beauty every chance we get, I believe. Be happy my friend. And, what kind of name is Takhovski?

Shobeir said...

Dear Nazy :
I love the way you look @ this world...
I agree. Actually we must be able to paint with all the clolrs of the wind, this would be the chance to enjoy our BEING...
Actually his name is Shobinslov Takhovski!

Takhovski = ta khof's ki = ta khof Is ki? :D

Shobinslov = Shob in s lov => shob is in love!

http://360.yahoo.com/profile-rAsRba4leq0mmk5dz2fZLTI-?cq=1

Nazy said...

So, Takhovski is Shobeir in love! How fabulous! I went and visited your blog. It looked interesting my friend. Thank you for your compliment. Come back and visit soon.

Tahereh said...

Dear Nazy,
thanks for your react to my comment...it is always nice to know brave woman specially from my country ...

I could find you via weblog of MRs shin en Mana, they are my good friends in Iran during my study.I always saw so great commants of you in their weblog and it made me curious to read your weblog.
I am happy about that.

Nazy said...

Salam Tahereh Jan: I love Mana and Shin! I go visit them all the time. I am glad you came and I hope that you come again. Do you have a blog, too? I'll come visit you there if you give me the address. Take care.