Tuesday, January 08, 2008

If you're happy and you know it...

The sun came out today, after what feels like weeks of grim gray skies. I don't think so well in the grim gray; it's as if some primal part of my body understands that when the weather is cold and frightful, a fire might be delightful--but after the flames die down the only sane response is a long nap. You know, until April, when the sun comes out again.

But today is one of those faux-April days and my mind is up & running again. I'm thinking about this post I found on Kristin Nelson's blog about a soldier who blogged his goodbye. I'm thinking about this article I found on Carolyn McCulley's blog about how studies show that keeping our options open doesn't lead to happiness the way we think it will (and about the book cited in the article, which clearly makes the point that most of us have no idea what will make us happy). And I'm thinking about the astounding fact that I've been happy for more than three years now (albeit in a determined, amazed sort of way) and I don't want that to stop.

Not much doing going on right now. Just lots of thinking.

And the squirrel left the remains of a nectarine in the driveway. Apparently, he's having fresh produce flown in.

12 comments:

Paige Jennifer said...

Or dumpster diving at Wholefoods. Either way, your squirrel has a better quality of life than this girl.

L Sass said...

That squirrel sure has good taste!

Anissa said...

Maybe all that egg made him constipated. The squirrel, that is. :)

Travis Erwin said...

I too spotted that post on Pubrants and it has had me pondering life today as well.

Patti said...

your squirrel is eating better than i am...

and i will tell you that i am deliriously happy and it is from the likes of people/events that i would have never guessed would delight me.

Larramie said...

You've heard this before but it bears repeating: Into every life some rain must fall. Otherwise where would rainbows come from?

And to further brighten your life, Trish, I've tagged you for a different kind of meme. Please see my Wednesday post.

Beck said...

I'm happy, mostly, which makes me a great believer in dumb luck because whoooo, not one of the decisions I've ever made has been well thought out.

LEstes65 said...

Wow - that post by Andrew was mind blowing. I love the humor and honesty within. I think I'll write my last word and make you and Kristen promise to post it for me. But you'll have to wait until I'm like 101 years old.

Maybe your squirrel is really a messenger from another world that is trying to show you better nutritional habits. Or maybe it's trying to show ME better nutritional habits as I'm sure the Lucky Charms I had for lunch would cause him to shake his furry little finger at me in disgust.

Swishy said...

I love that you can say you're happy. That is probably the best thing anyone can say!

Susie said...

What a healthy little squirrel.

I'm happy you're happy. I strongly believe happiness is a choice we make and that we have sooo much conrol over it!

Jane said...

Happy Wednesday Trish! It's been pretty gray and rainy here all week as well. Here's to wishing you another year of pure happiness!

Barrie said...

Thanks for the links. Not too long till your book comes out, eh?!