Don’t Worry, Be Happy

I’ve never really liked that Bobby McFerrin song Don’t Worry, Be Happy with all it’s high-pitched, repetitive tootling, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve come to appreciate the sentiment expressed in the song.

We all do worry about things, don’t we? I could worry for the Olympics, truth be told (and I’d probably win the gold.)

But some things take our worries away long enough for us to catch our breath. And they are often standing right outside our front door.

Like cherry blossom, a little bit wild and abandoned looking but pretty, nonetheless.

When I saw this cherry blossom the other day I thought of that scene from Sleeping Beauty where the Prince is trying to get to the castle and is hacking through the brambles and hedgerows all buff and looking like a cross between Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp and covered in blood and sweat while wielding an enormous, shining sword (Holy hot stuff, somebody pass the smelling salts…..)

And I thought that if the cherry blossoms had grown among the brambles they could have acted as a signpost for the prince so that he knew he was cutting in the right place and it wouldn’t be long until he reached the princess of his dreams. And he also wouldn’t have had to work so hard and take his shirt off to cool down thus causing a group of milkmaids to swoon and spill their milk as they were walking by; consequently not meeting their daily quota of milk and spoiling the farmer’s dinner (little known part of the tale.)

Seeing the city across the water makes me happy, especially when the afternoon light bedecks it with majestic gold. What if it really had turned to gold?Β  I wonder how difficult it would be to prise the side off one of those buildings…..

WILLY WAGTAIL. WILLY WAGTAIL. You cute, little, jolly chubster. I smile every time I see one of these birds. They really are joyful spirits.

I really like this boat I see every now and then in the bay. It’s quite retro, don’t you think? I always scan the decks hoping to see someone in one of those white Ursula Andress bikinis – but no such luck.

This flower appeared among the undergrowth, pushing its way towards the sun and it made me think how glad we feel at the moment when we’ve been struggling and struggling and eventually catch a glimpse of blue sky.

No happy scene in my life would be complete without the Anzac Bridge. Yes, it’s bridge love all the way for me.

So stop your worries for a moment and take in some sights and scenes that make you happy. And with a bit of luck once you’ve seen the things that make you happy, that lift your spirits, your worries won’t seem quite as bad as they did before.

26 thoughts on “Don’t Worry, Be Happy

  1. lol Repetative tootling lol I love your take on the sleeping beauty tale including the little known parts of it lol

    Those birds, omg they are cute aren’t they?

    From my windows I can see the Toronto skyline and at sunset we get almost the same type of thing, sometimes it looks like the buildings are on fire they’re so blood red!

    We really do have to try not to worry so much. Harder than it sounds I know but really we should only allow ourselves a few minutes a day dedicated to worrying because the worry will still be there tomorrow. If we wallow, we may miss out on the everyday things that make us smile, that make us happy, that makes life worth living.


    1. It is hard not to worry, Cathy, goodness knows it is a worrying world, but I do try to keep things in perspective where I can. Getting out and walking really helps me. I always feel better afterwards. I’d recommend it to anyone.

      It’s cool that the buildings turn gold at sunset. I love it. It’s like another world. And I love the Willy Wagtails – they are uber cute!


  2. that cityscape does really look like the buildings are made of gold! amazing!
    this piece reminds me to be grateful, the attitude of gratitude – is actually a golden formula…thanx!


  3. Well, I’ve already posted my beautiful thing for the day, but you certainly have posted many. Your photographs do inspire me to start running around town with a camera. It could actually count as exercise and get me out of my boring little neighborhood. My husband is the photographer in the family. I could steal his photos and say they are mine, but that wouldn’t exactly be the point, would it?


    1. You should do it, Squirrel. I would love to see your neighbourhood. And it is great fun. The other benefit is that people come up and start talking to you and telling you their stories. I love that. I have learnt so much about the history of the area just from walking about with my camera. I hope you do it!


  4. Hey Selma ~ thanks for sharing some of your happiness! We have been so happy to have so much glorious sunshine and blue skies.


  5. Hi Selma,
    I love the cherry blossom they are such a gorgeous plant, it is a shame they don’t flower all the time.
    I feel it is a lot of the little things in life that can make one happy, just stop for a moment and look around, and it is amazing what you can see, and before you know it, a bird, a bridge or whatever will put a smile on ones face. πŸ™‚


    1. The cherry blossoms are so pretty, aren’t they Mags. Such delicate flowers. I think it’s a shame they don’t flower all the time too. It’s true. So many things can just lift our mood. There is always something jolly out there!


  6. Your sights made me happy, sometime right-out-loud happy. πŸ™‚

    But forget Ursula. Put Johnny Depp on the deck of that boat, all shirtless and buff, and you’ve got a winner.


    1. I love that – Right Out Loud Happy. That’s T-shirt number two. Johnny Depp on that boat? I’d sleep in the park permanently. Oh yeah, that’s what I’m talkin’ about !!!


  7. I got sick of the song a while back but somehow whenever I listen to it, I had to laugh. listening to silly songs and any music lifts my mood.

    thanks for the reminder that we all need to stop and smell the roses or in some cases perhaps chow down a sweet snack or two.


    1. That’s very kind of you to say so, Adeeyoyo. The cherry blossom has been really nice in Sydney this year. It’s prettied the whole thing up!


  8. To worry, it never really accomplishes anything does it, except the bad stuff like raising our blood pressure etc. But not to worry, easier said than done. I agree with what you are saying here so much Sel. We need to focus in on things and people outside ourselves that lift our spirits and put things into perspective. I have to tell myself most days, this too shall pass…again and again…as we cope with yet another difficult day. It’s how things are right now, but it won’t be forever. Thanks for the lovely scenes and a good reminder to start the day.

    Elvis and Mitzi aren’t worrying right? They are singing two part harmony right now. LOL πŸ˜‰ Maybe they’re singing: Don’t Worry, Be Happy…


    1. It is very hard to stop worrying or feeling anxious or whatever might be plaguing you. I try to stop myself doing it in an habitual sense but it is definitely easier said than done. The lovely sights and scenes do help.
      I’m sure Elvis and Mitzi are singing right now. I’d love to hear their version of ‘Blue Suede Shoes.’ Hahaha.


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