January 10, 2012

Not A Model Weekly Mantra - The Rules of Civility

I’m finally being a good book club member.

As I previously mentioned, I’m part of a monthly book club with some of my PR school girls. While I’ve missed a few of the books, (or have been too busy to read) this month I can’t seem to tear my eyes away from the page. The book, “The Rules of Civility” focuses on a young woman's experience living and working in the publishing industry in New York in the thirties. Yes, I know it is shocking that I would like this. (drip drip sarcasm)

Anyways, I’m devouring the book, and I came upon a quote that struck me as something to share for this week’s mantra.

“Whatever setbacks he had faced in life, he said, however daunting or dispiriting the unfolding of events, he always knew that he would make it through, as long as when he woke in the morning he was looking forward to his first cup of coffee."

"When a person loses the ability to take pleasure in the mundane – the cigarette on the stoop or the gingersnap in the bath - she has probably put herself in unnecessary danger.”
Amor Towles.

With this in mind, it's time to remind yourself of the small things in life that make you happy. Lately, I find myself thinking along the road to the future; to far off places or to reaching milestones, that I can miss out on the daily sparks of happiness in my life. It’s the small things - finding a new favourite song, receiving a long awaited response in an inbox, the morning jaunt to work, a fresh pair of socks, a warm cup of green tea, climbing into a warm bed with new sheets, a large spoon of Nutella. Maybe some of those are my simple pleasures, but what are yours? Remember the little moments that make you happy. They will repeat often, and bring you back to the present moment. Most of all, they will remind you why you are here. The rest will sort itself out.

Happy week everyone.



  1. you rock my world
    MISS YOU!!

  2. spoonful of nutella = agreed! Or even a panino full of it! lol