Posted tagged ‘happiness’


September 27, 2018

Most mornings, I write two pages of stream of consciousness prose in a notebook, a habit I picked up from Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way.   She recommends three pages because of what she calls third page revelations that often turn up in the third page.  Three pages can be a grind at this point in my life so I start out with two and go on if I feel like it.  Sometimes, revelations show up early, in page one or page two.  Like today, halfway down page two:


Think about it.



Happy Now

March 22, 2016

snowI am sitting at the kitchen table in my daughter’s house in Herriman, UT.   Through the window in front of me, I can see an early spring snow flurry lightly coating the back lawn with white.  My daughter just got home from work, stylish and beautiful (much more so that she believes, but isn’t that true of many of us?).   I’ve been sitting here, writing and emailing friends for a couple of hours.  I am at peace.  I am happy.  It is all too rarely that I stop to acknowledge that kind of happiness, simply being in a place I want to be, doing what I enjoy doing.  Too often, I want the Capital H Happy.   You know.   Everything is going well, the future looks bright and, by the way, any unhappiness from the past is resolved, forgiven or forgotten. (more…)

Being Happy

May 22, 2015

Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be

happy1Last night, the topic of our Thursday Night Men’s Meeting was slogans.   Twelve-step programs are big on slogans and there is a reason.   In a crisis, wisdom is easier to recall in a bumper-sticker sized bit than some sentence-long or page-long chunk.  As someone who’s always hated bumper stickers, I accept that particular bit of wisdom reluctantly and, by the way, usually cringe when the topic is announced.  When the topic is slogans, inevitably someone brings up the one at the top of the page, usually attributed to President Lincoln.  Last night, I beat them to the punch and brought it up myself, and in keeping with my contrarian, curmudgeonly nature, I dissected it. (more…)

Being Happy

September 29, 2012

Do you know anyone who doesn’t seem to know how to be happy?  You look at their lives and you see how many good things have been put on their plate, yet they’re always waiting for the next thing, the next day, the change that will make it good.  I know people like that.  I also am fortunate to know people who have very little, yet still seem to be happy human beings.  I feel privileged to have them as friends.  Me?  I have been a most fortunate man.  My lower middle class parents worked hard to provide me with an education that in turn gave me a career that not only paid the bills and provided a reasonable retirement but gave me work I enjoyed.  I married my college sweetheart and we’re still ticking along together 44 years later.   We had two beautiful children and now luxuriate in three wonderful grandkids.  And yet … being happy can still take effort.  As in every life, everything isn’t perfect.  People, places and things aren’t all exactly where or what I’d have them be.  While we are comfortable financially now, we worry about the road ahead, so I continue to work … sometimes I enjoy it but more often these days, it wears me out.  Age brings aches, senior maladies and worries about what’s to come.  But most days, I can say I’m a happy man. (more…)

Why Blog?

May 1, 2012

Of course, the inspiration for this post goes to this Direct TV commercial which is absolutely hysterical. (more…)