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Are You Happy?
 
Silly question, right?  Maybe not.
 
hap·py adjective \ˈha-pē\
 
1 feeling pleasure and enjoyment because of your life, situation, etc.
2 showing or causing feelings of pleasure and enjoyment
3 pleased or glad about a particular situation, event, etc.
 
I realized lately that I'm happy. I think I was just too busy complaining and feeling sorry for myself to see it before.  
 
1:  Yes.  I'm alive for one, I am able to enjoy the company of others, am able to walk and go places, can talk and express myself and help others and see beauty all around me.  I have a roof over my head, enough money to keep the roof and provide food and transportation to go where I want.
 
2:  Yes.  I can make others smile, empathize with others, offer sound advice, make other feel good about themselvs and take joy from all around me.
 
3:  Yes.  I'm alive works for this one too.  I can draw and paint.  Listen to music and dance.  Feel the wind on my face, feel the cool rain, be cozy in the winter in front of the fireplace and spend time with family and friends.  
 
You can't feel happy without the sad or there is nothing to compare it to.  
 
Take a long look at your life, are you happy?
 
Colleen

HAVE A SUPER SHINY DAY

 

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:lol:  Your Unicorn makes me happy too.   :D


HAVE A SUPER SHINY DAY

 

LTES gem 2014


*Multiple AI Diseases

*General Insanity


"We cautiously travel through life to arrive safely at our death" - J. R. C. , my Son.

 

Are We There Yet? and Dad says...All you have to do it ride it out.

 

Comments/views/opinions expressed on the site are my own and are not representative of Forum Admin/Owner

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I'm glad to see other people are happy. :D I know I am. Life is far from perfect, but I'm doing something I love, I have a decent doctor helping sort out my health, another decent one treating my pain condition, and an awesome husband who takes really good care of me. Well, I think we take care of each other. My girls are both headed out to live in the dorms at college this month for the first time, one to be a teacher and one an engineer. Other than the fact that I'm broke as hell, life couldn't be better. But who doesn't want more money? :lol:

 

Oh... and comic con is in just under 5 weeks. It's so close now that I get so excited I can't sit still thinking about it. And we're getting Eve Myles AND John Barrowman.

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My husband keeps pointing out that John Barrowman is gay. I keep pointing out that Captain Jack Harkniss will flirt with literally anything alive. :wub: I'm not deterred.


"You don't look sick or anything"

"Well you don't look stupid, looks can be deceiving."

 

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CRPS DX March 2014

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Happy? 

 

I'm friggan ecstatic!!!!.

 

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

 


"Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is. The way we cope with it makes the difference." Virginia Satir

"The strongest of all warriors are these two - time and patience." Leo Tolstoy

"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else" Booker T. Washington

“If idiots could fly, the sky would be like an airport.”― Laura Davenport 

"Do or do not. There is no try. "-  Yoda.

"LTES"  Gem 2014

 

Misdiagnosed for 25+ years; Finally Diagnosed with Celiac  11/01/10.  Double DQ2 genes. This thing tried to kill me. I view Celiac as a fire breathing dragon --and I have run my sword right through his throat.
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Loved your post Bartful.  PGIJ! (Praise God in Jesus name!)

 

Oh yeah, there was a question...

 

But first an astute obsirvation.  Crayon, u didn't really need to tell us about the signature changes every month, now did u?  :D  We fingered that one out all by ourselves, really... :)

 

Yes, I'm happy.  In the morning I wake up and thank God for bringing me through another night.  He doesn't havter do that after all.  I gots a gray cat named Muffin that keeps my lap warm too.  And relatives that are mostly on speaking terms as long as I am at a good distance.  When I move closer tho we'll see!  The Lord my God is a mighty God and keeps me and blesses me.  And I am not suffering from adrenal fatigue since it doesn't exist.  And I get more selenium now... :)

 

Colleen it's great that you are enjoying your art making.  I haven't been making art for a while but I may get started again after I move.  It's sure fun stuff.

 

Adalaide, bring me a back a sonic screwdriver and I'll send you a dead mouse courtesy of Muffin, the furry hunter.  Capn' Jacks morals are a little too loose for my taste tho.


Proverbs 25:16 "Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it."

Job 30:27 My bowels boiled, and rested not: the days of affliction prevented me.

Thyroid cyst and nodules, Lactose / casein intolerant. Diet positive, gene test pos, symptoms confirmed by Dr-head. My current bad list is: gluten, dairy, sulfites, coffee (the devil's brew), tea, Bug's Bunnies carrots, garbanzo beans of pain, soy- no joy, terrible turnips, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, eggplant, celery, strawberries, pistachios, and hard work. Have a good day! 🙂 Paul

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I completely agree with the sentiment that you can create your own happiness even if your life is full of chaos.  My life story is full of tragedies and terrible things, and in my current state I have a number of terrible illnesses to deal with.  The way I cope is looking at the positive.  If you don't know how to do this, please do the most loving thing you can do for yourself and seek counseling.  It can be hard to be happy when a lot of things are going bad, but in the end it teaches you what truly matters.


I am my husband's "Silly Yak Girl" :)

I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in January 2013. I also have Lupus and Common Variable Immunodeficiency(CVID) for which I am on IVIG.

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"Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is. The way we cope with it makes the difference." Virginia Satir

"The strongest of all warriors are these two - time and patience." Leo Tolstoy

"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else" Booker T. Washington

“If idiots could fly, the sky would be like an airport.”― Laura Davenport 

"Do or do not. There is no try. "-  Yoda.

"LTES"  Gem 2014

 

Misdiagnosed for 25+ years; Finally Diagnosed with Celiac  11/01/10.  Double DQ2 genes. This thing tried to kill me. I view Celiac as a fire breathing dragon --and I have run my sword right through his throat.
I. Win. bliss-smiley-emoticon.gif

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Hey Paul,  I've turned my attention more toward painting now.  I really love it.  I completely lose myself for hours and it feels wonderful.  I just finished painting three 5 x 7 Christmas Cards for this year.  I'm going to color copy them and send out instead of doing all individual but I can still individualize the writing on the copy.  Are you moving before Christmas?  Send me your address again.

 

Happy Happy

 

Colleen


HAVE A SUPER SHINY DAY

 

LTES gem 2014


*Multiple AI Diseases

*General Insanity


"We cautiously travel through life to arrive safely at our death" - J. R. C. , my Son.

 

Are We There Yet? and Dad says...All you have to do it ride it out.

 

Comments/views/opinions expressed on the site are my own and are not representative of Forum Admin/Owner

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And I can say that Coll's  artwork is colorful, lively and happiness-inspiring! 


"Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is. The way we cope with it makes the difference." Virginia Satir

"The strongest of all warriors are these two - time and patience." Leo Tolstoy

"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else" Booker T. Washington

“If idiots could fly, the sky would be like an airport.”― Laura Davenport 

"Do or do not. There is no try. "-  Yoda.

"LTES"  Gem 2014

 

Misdiagnosed for 25+ years; Finally Diagnosed with Celiac  11/01/10.  Double DQ2 genes. This thing tried to kill me. I view Celiac as a fire breathing dragon --and I have run my sword right through his throat.
I. Win. bliss-smiley-emoticon.gif

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Thanks IH :wub: .  I made a special card just for you coastal friends  :D

 

Happy Happy


HAVE A SUPER SHINY DAY

 

LTES gem 2014


*Multiple AI Diseases

*General Insanity


"We cautiously travel through life to arrive safely at our death" - J. R. C. , my Son.

 

Are We There Yet? and Dad says...All you have to do it ride it out.

 

Comments/views/opinions expressed on the site are my own and are not representative of Forum Admin/Owner

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good-afternoon-smiley-emoticon.gif  whoohooo!!!!


"Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is. The way we cope with it makes the difference." Virginia Satir

"The strongest of all warriors are these two - time and patience." Leo Tolstoy

"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else" Booker T. Washington

“If idiots could fly, the sky would be like an airport.”― Laura Davenport 

"Do or do not. There is no try. "-  Yoda.

"LTES"  Gem 2014

 

Misdiagnosed for 25+ years; Finally Diagnosed with Celiac  11/01/10.  Double DQ2 genes. This thing tried to kill me. I view Celiac as a fire breathing dragon --and I have run my sword right through his throat.
I. Win. bliss-smiley-emoticon.gif

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We have a very happy life. We have our strong faith in God and we have a number of dear friends who we love and enjoy spending time with and we have a close knit church family who is there for us as well. Also, I have my health. Though it's a difficult diet to follow, I'm so thankful that I found out relatively early in life that I couldn't tolerate gluten, it's been a real blessing to watch my physical and mental health improve since going gluten free 4 1/2 years ago. 

 

Yesterday, we went with our friends who have 6 kids to a water park. After spending some time with  everyone, the parents of the 6 kids went off for awhile to have a date and some alone time, and we watched their kids as well as ours. Their kids are well behaved and a real joy and it's delightful to have close friends who we can really spend quality time with. 

 

My kids are growing up so much too! (My kids are almost 8, 5, and 2) It's fun to see all the new things that they learn. My oldest is going into 3rd grade and I'm looking forward to another great homeschooling year. :)


~Ruth

Gluten free since 2/14/2010 after suffering a rare and serious complication from my gluten challenge

 

 

 

 

 

 

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"Here's a little song I wrote..." ;)

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=d-diB65scQU

Most moments I choose to be happy...spent too much time sick to sweat the small stuff ... hell I don't really sweat the big stuff any more as long as I've got my family and friends that remind me what's important and make me laugh...all is good : )


-Lisa

Undiagnosed Celiac Disease ~ 43 years

3/26/09 gluten-free - dignosed celiac - blood 3/3/09, biopsy 3/26/09, double DQ2 / single DQ8 positive

10/25/13 - MCAD

Health history since celiac diagnosis became too long -- moved to the "about me" section of my profile

My children and I all have multiple copies of the genes for Celiac Disease, along with large variety of symptoms/resolution gluten-free

Current tally from me, three kids and two grands: 4 diagnosed with Celiac Disease, 2 NCGS

Get PROPERLY tested BEFORE REMOVING GLUTEN.

ALWAYS independently research health related information found on internet forums/blogs.

"LTES" a Gem :)

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"spent too much time sick to sweat the small stuff ... hell I don't really sweat the big stuff any more as long as I've got my family and friends that remind me what's important and make me laugh...all is good : )

 

2nd best advice I ever got --came from my friend Tommy:

 

"Don't sweat the small stuff...ah hell,  everything's small stuff, Gin." ^_^  smart guy.

 

Best advice ever--from the hubs who said;

 

"99.9% of the shyte we worry about never comes to fruition...no point in worrying in advance," which was the same as my Gramma's "don't borrow trouble". 

 

They are both right.....total waste of time. We use up all our energy on "maybes and what ifs" , so that when the real shyte hits the fan, we're too burned out. 

 

 

I already had the "worst that could happen" happen....so, now, I just live each day....one at a time. Each day is a gift. Small joys in the most unexpected places, people and  things...

 

Enjoy each moment as it comes....ooooh...hold on....oh, look! the sunset...gotta go watch it.   ^_^ caio

 

Love you guys!!


"Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is. The way we cope with it makes the difference." Virginia Satir

"The strongest of all warriors are these two - time and patience." Leo Tolstoy

"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else" Booker T. Washington

“If idiots could fly, the sky would be like an airport.”― Laura Davenport 

"Do or do not. There is no try. "-  Yoda.

"LTES"  Gem 2014

 

Misdiagnosed for 25+ years; Finally Diagnosed with Celiac  11/01/10.  Double DQ2 genes. This thing tried to kill me. I view Celiac as a fire breathing dragon --and I have run my sword right through his throat.
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When I started reading this thread, I wasn't happy but it has made me realize that I have plenty to be happy for.  I finally, after all these years, know what is wrong with me.  That in turn led to the diagnosis of my daughter so hopefully she will never have to suffer like I have.  I have two amazing kids, amazing parents, a few damn good friends, and the best boyfriend a person could ask for.

 

Now if only that pot of gold would show up at the end of my dream rainbow, things would be perfect.


Diagnosed April 7th 2014

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Enjoy each moment as it comes....ooooh...hold on....oh, look! the sunset...gotta go watch it.   ^_^ caio

 

Love you guys!!

 

still early here....and quite warm when i leave my igloo...so I've got one word that should be good for a few giggles:

 

Cannonball!


-Lisa

Undiagnosed Celiac Disease ~ 43 years

3/26/09 gluten-free - dignosed celiac - blood 3/3/09, biopsy 3/26/09, double DQ2 / single DQ8 positive

10/25/13 - MCAD

Health history since celiac diagnosis became too long -- moved to the "about me" section of my profile

My children and I all have multiple copies of the genes for Celiac Disease, along with large variety of symptoms/resolution gluten-free

Current tally from me, three kids and two grands: 4 diagnosed with Celiac Disease, 2 NCGS

Get PROPERLY tested BEFORE REMOVING GLUTEN.

ALWAYS independently research health related information found on internet forums/blogs.

"LTES" a Gem :)

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I love that song! And as an added bonus it always makes me smile when I remember how much it irritated my mother. :lol:

 

After my entire life fell apart I was completely and utterly miserable. In a moment of perfect clarity I realized that I could choose to be happy. And so I did.

 

I don't sweat the small stuff. But I also make sure to value the small stuff because it's those little things that we forget about that can remind us we're happy. I noticed last week that somehow a marigold is growing in the middle of a row of my vegetables. I have no idea how, I've never planted flowers at all in my veggie garden but there it is with one little flower on it. And every night I go out to turn on the water it always makes me smile.


"You don't look sick or anything"

"Well you don't look stupid, looks can be deceiving."

 

Celiac DX Dec 2011

CRPS DX March 2014

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@Lisa,

 

Great song Leesur! :)

 

 

Hey Paul,  I've turned my attention more toward painting now.  I really love it.  I completely lose myself for hours and it feels wonderful.  I just finished painting three 5 x 7 Christmas Cards for this year.  I'm going to color copy them and send out instead of doing all individual but I can still individualize the writing on the copy.  Are you moving before Christmas?  Send me your address again.

 

Happy Happy

 

Colleen

 

I'll try and remember to send you my address when I get moved Colleen.  God willing I'll be moved b4 Christmas.  Great to hear you are enjoying the painting.  You might like to check out http://www.wetcanvas.com.  Maybe do some of the WDE's (weekend drawing events).  I used to enjoy those.  Enjoy! :)


Proverbs 25:16 "Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it."

Job 30:27 My bowels boiled, and rested not: the days of affliction prevented me.

Thyroid cyst and nodules, Lactose / casein intolerant. Diet positive, gene test pos, symptoms confirmed by Dr-head. My current bad list is: gluten, dairy, sulfites, coffee (the devil's brew), tea, Bug's Bunnies carrots, garbanzo beans of pain, soy- no joy, terrible turnips, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, eggplant, celery, strawberries, pistachios, and hard work. Have a good day! 🙂 Paul

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@Lisa,

 

Great song Leesur! :)

 

 

 

I'll try and remember to send you my address when I get moved Colleen.  God willing I'll be moved b4 Christmas.  Great to hear you are enjoying the painting.  You might like to check out http://www.wetcanvas.com.  Maybe do some of the WDE's (weekend drawing events).  I used to enjoy those.  Enjoy! :)

ARe you staying in the same area? Or making a giant change like moving to a foreign country like Costa Rica or Los Angeles? Oh! Move here to KC! We have good art scene and a much lower cost of living! It's a great place to raise a kitty!


 

 

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But first an astute obsirvation.  Crayon, u didn't really need to tell us about the signature changes every month, now did u?  :D  We fingered that one out all by ourselves, really... :)

 

 

 

 

Nice to know you noticed!  I wonder if anyone reads them.

 

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ARe you staying in the same area? Or making a giant change like moving to a foreign country like Costa Rica or Los Angeles? Oh! Move here to KC! We have good art scene and a much lower cost of living! It's a great place to raise a kitty!

Lmao...Los Angeles is still in the good ol' USofA....there's a bunch of wackies trying to split California into six states...might of got my vote, except we would have to keep LA with us ;).

Where you moving Paul? Eventually I'll be along the Northern boarder...Montana or Washington...can't wait!


-Lisa

Undiagnosed Celiac Disease ~ 43 years

3/26/09 gluten-free - dignosed celiac - blood 3/3/09, biopsy 3/26/09, double DQ2 / single DQ8 positive

10/25/13 - MCAD

Health history since celiac diagnosis became too long -- moved to the "about me" section of my profile

My children and I all have multiple copies of the genes for Celiac Disease, along with large variety of symptoms/resolution gluten-free

Current tally from me, three kids and two grands: 4 diagnosed with Celiac Disease, 2 NCGS

Get PROPERLY tested BEFORE REMOVING GLUTEN.

ALWAYS independently research health related information found on internet forums/blogs.

"LTES" a Gem :)

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Lmao...Los Angeles is still in the good ol' USofA....there's a bunch of wackies trying to split California into six states...might of got my vote, except we would have to keep LA with us ;).

Where you moving Paul? Eventually I'll be along the Northern boarder...Montana or Washington...can't wait!

 

 

I thought you were coming to gluten-free colonize Colorado with me?   :(

 

when we lived in the Sacramento area, they were talking about splitting off from the US.


 

 

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