Archive for Happiness

Oct
19

Experiencing Miracles in the Important Insignificant

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This post was originally published on May 25, 2010

The terrorist cat attacked again. This time our toughest male cat.  Back to the vet for more antibiotics.  Two weeks before the ninja cat had nearly killed our kitten.  He still hadn’t fully recovered.  This had been going on sporadically for three months.  We kept the food picked up after feeding time.  I’d shooed him away.  I kept thinking the stray would wander on.  In fact, there were weeks I wouldn’t see the big orange cat around and I’d think, “Finally, he’s gone.”  Then he’d sneak in and attack again.

We were getting ready to go on vacation for two weeks.  “We can’t have this going on.  If this had happened when we were gone the kitten wouldn’t have survived.  I’ve got to trap him,” I said to my wife. Read More→

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Aug
17

Recharging to Live at Your Optimum

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Most of us live at a pretty high speed. Work, school, extra jobs, investing, family activities, friends, hobbies, sports, volunteer activities, church.  We often come home from our vacations needing a vacation.  Wow, I’m exhausted just thinking about it.

Yet, our solution?  Step on the gas.  Go faster.  We try to cram more into our 24 hours so eight hours of sleep seems like a luxury.  We read time management books on how to squeeze even more activities in, if we can just find time to read the book.

The result?  Often we feel like walking zombies.  We’re going through the motions but not really living.  The lights are on but we haven’t been home for a long time.

Can you relate? Read More→

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May
18

The Amazing Power of Perseverance

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perseverance from DufferLong

The evening before Easter, Jennifer and I sat outside in the backyard of some friends enjoying a barbeque as we listened to an amazing story. We sat at the table with a woman who we hadn’t met before but knew of through our mutual friend.   We were asked to pray for her last summer.

She had contracted an antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection that attacked her body full force.  She was hospitalized as the doctors fought to keep her alive.  It went into her blood and attacked various organs as well as her extremities.  The doctors bombarded her with massive doses of antibiotics only to have the infection flare up again somewhere else.  She said, “At one point the doctors had given up all hope of my survival as the infection took over my body.” Read More→

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Apr
13

Declaring Peace in the Health Care War

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Doctor and patient from caroline_1

As I write it’s Monday morning, March 22, the day after the vote on the health care reform bill.  Our country is as polarized as I ever remember.  The victors claim vindication.  The vanquished vow retribution.  Both sides know the battle is far from over.  And both claim defeat of their perspective will cause destruction of our country.  For a year we have watched politics at its ugliest.  Name calling, intimidation, exaggeration, sleazy back room deals all to get or block passage of this bill.

It  leaves most of us bewildered, fearful and angry.  What does it mean to each of us and our families?  What will our children and grandchildren face?  Will it destroy or save our country? Read More→

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Apr
06

Work at What You Love Everday–Really?

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Day 13-Joy from Tobias K.

“Find a job you love and you’ll never work another day in your life.“  Harvey Mackay

In 1997 I switched careers from pastoring a church to working as a financial adviser.  I had invested successfully over many years and found it interesting.  I enjoy working with people so I decided to help others in a different way.  It was tough the first few years getting established.  But I worked hard and built my business.  Eventually we reaped the fruit.  We enjoyed a good income, freedom to take time off and a rewarding career.

Then the 2008 meltdown hit.  As the market plummeted the phone calls ratcheted up. Read More→

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Mar
30

Work at What You Love

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Working Late from jennifer buehrer

Steve Jobs, founder and CEO of Apple delivered the commencement address in 2005 at Stanford University.  He recalled some of his struggles in his journey to success.

He attended Reed College for a short time after graduating from high school.  He said, “After six months, I couldn’t see the value in it. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out. And here I was spending all of the money my parents had saved their entire life. So I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out OK. It was pretty scary.”  He continued to take classes that interested him for another 18 months before he completely quit. Read More→

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Feb
02

No Fret Strategies When Life’s Unfair

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Pouting by dreamswanderer

A friend, in his late fifties, lost his job after a successful lifetime career in education.  He climbed the ranks from teaching to administration to leading special projects.  Then there was a leadership change and because of some differences of opinion his position was phased out.  He applied for other jobs in his field but without success.  The unspoken response, “Too close to retirement.”  But he wasn’t old enough nor did he want to retire.  When I heard about it I thought, “That stinks!  It’s just unfair.” Read More→

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Dec
08

Enjoy the Journey!

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Don't Worry by janusz l

“It’s not the destination, it’s the journey. . . . The thrill of possibility. . . .”  Seth Godin.


Ok, I admit it, I’m a type A, goal-focused personality.  I always have a list of things to accomplish and feel most comfortable checking them off.  Not the best personality for enjoying the journey.  I can become so engrossed accomplishing my goals I sometimes forget to just enjoy the moments.  I look back with a sense of satisfaction at all I’ve achieved.  Yet also long for the wasted days I spent focused only on tomorrow.  Often I don’t enjoy the journey enough.  And accomplishing one more goal is great but sometimes empty because there are always more. Read More→

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