Decide To Look For Happiness


Even In The Small Things

“Happiness is not a goal, it is a byproduct” – Eleanor Roosevelt

The spring blossoms are painting pretty vistas all over The Garden City at the moment.  Spring always makes me feel happy.

Today we begin a happiness series. I hope it lifts you up and gives you courage to take on the day with great expectations of happiness.

In Writing,
Lucas arrives at the police station for the early morning shift to find his old friend Shane in the cells. The circumstances of his arrest were out of Shanes hands and he wants to start over and break away from the lifestyle he’s been involved in.

As you work towards your goals, I hope waves of happiness flow through you, washing your day with joy and peace.

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North Hagley Park, Christchurch, NZ

Feeding Five Thousand One At A Time

Each day, between us, we can just feed one person at a time.

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” – Mother Teresa

True, there are so many in need it can feel overwhelming. And yes, some people are looking for a handout and not a hand up.

My friend Murray made an interesting observation this week as we remember the 9/11 disaster. His post noted how hard it was for many at the time.

He purchased his tourism business in August. The twin towers and the pentagon were hit in September.

The tourists with plenty of money to spend stopped coming. He had an instant drop in income.

There were no government handouts. In order to put food on the table he did whatever it took. Many, many small jobs, including an original version of uba. He continued looking for other ways to make his business succeed, and he did. But the tourist profile changed, so he adapted his business.

The times were desperate. His family needed to be fed and his commitments met.

Times are tough again. When we are stressed, our creative juices dry up, but we can nurture them to flow.

To be creative in ways to feed ourselves and give away just one meal. We could all do that, couldn’t we?

As much as it is possible, find things to laugh at.

In between, take a digital holiday and let your creative brain have free reign as you walk, jog, paint or watch white clouds drift across the blue sky.

Find what tickles your funny bone and comment below, laughter is the best medicine. When we open our eyes to joy, we see more opportunities.

May you find awesome blessings to brighten your day.

In My Writing
The mystery man who turned up at Lauri’s Mom’s Memorial Service is getting even more mysterious.

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Expect Good Things And Make Them Happen

“When I wake up, I expect things to be good. If they’re not, then I try to set about trying to make them as good as I can ’cause I know I’m gonna have to live that day anyway. So why not try to make the most of it if you can?” – Dolly Parton

Life isn’t always perfect, but we can make the most of what happens, looking for the best solution.

We can begin by being proactive, looking for what we CAN do.

Then we can praying about the rest, our day will be much better than the alternative.

I was late to the writing desk this morning after coughing half the night. My voice had become deep and raspy, so there would be no phone calls today. I was thankful to hit my 1500 word target as the amateur sleuths gathered to examine the facts.

I needed to go and get some honey lozenges to sooth my throat  and was about to climb in the car when I realised I was still in my nighty (in the middle of the afternoon!). Well we were still in lockdown.

Its true, poor writer’s starve in small spaces, writing in their pj’s (maybe I exaggerate).

This morning my voice has returned and I know this day will be awesome.

Enjoy yours.

In today’s photo did you notice the grey heron flying off the track to the left? From cycling the Otago Central Rail Trail.

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Otago Central Rail Trail