Lately, life has been getting away from me. In the midst of all the bad news we get nowadays, it can be hard to feel a semblance of happiness. It's not uncommon to feel under the weather, and I had been feeling this way until I saw a recent photo of Megan Markle at the Commonwealth Youth Challenge reception. Her bright yellow dress gave me a Tig moment.
Those who were avid readers of Meghan Markle's - now the Duchess of Sussex - blog, The Tig, would know what this means. A Tig moment - named after Meghan's favourite wine, Tignanello - simply means a moment of awareness. In Meghan's words, "So there I am, with very minimum wine knowledge, and I take a sip of this wine. It just wasn't red or white - suddenly I understood what people meant by the body, legs, structure of wine. It was an ah-ha moment at its finest. For me, it became a 'Tig' moment - a moment of getting it."
Now, you may be wondering, what about the colour of her dress was so important? You see, she was wearing this bright yellow dress, and yellow is quite a happy colour. It is a colour I associate with happiness. Seeing that dress just gave me a cheerful feeling, and suddenly I understood. I got it. I had to take a step back to reflect on the happy moments.
Negative headlines get much more attention than positive headlines. That's why the news is dominated by bad news. Does it mean that the world is getting worse and worse everyday? In some ways, yes, and in some ways, no. Bad things aren't the only things that happen, good things happen too. And while we need to pay attention to the bad things so that we can fix those issues, we also need to pay attention to the good things so that we don't get stuck in a loop of depressive thoughts. This was a reminder that I very much needed.
So here I am now, asking you too to take a moment to reflect on the positive moments you've had in your life. Big moments, small moments, all of them matter. A happy story you read, a game you enjoyed, a movie you liked, a song that got you on your feet, an award you won, a moment of inspiration... What makes you happy? What is it you enjoy doing?
As for me, I'll take the weekend to have some cake, kick back, and relax. Here's to finding those Tig moments.