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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
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Not anymore... Analyzing my life makes me unhappy! Lol



But making stupid jokes makes me happy! So I guess I am back to happy!

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

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It makes me happy to change my signature every month or so and to have a little picture to go with it!

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I have lost all of my family - mother, father, husband, sister, grandparents of course, and quite a few close friends. I never had kids. I am basically alone in the world.

 

But I moved to the place I have always belonged (but didn't know it) ten years ago. Since then I have been happier than I've ever been in my life. I opened a business and spend my days doing what I love. I have made new and very close friends.

 

I guess we're not supposed to talk religion here, as on most websites, but I will say I am closer to my Lord than I have ever been. That makes me worry a lot less because I know it's all in His hands.

 

And I have the key to happiness. That key is gratitude. You can't be unhappy and be grateful at the same time. I'm gratefull that I had the best family anyone could ever hope to have. A lot of people didn't. I'm grateful for every single thing that ever happened in my life because it made me who I am and brought me to the place I am now.

 

My Dad had very bad asthma that eventually killed him. As his health got worse and worse he found he couldn't do a lot of the things he used to do and love. He said, "Hey, I already had a chance to do those things. Now that I can't do them it frees up time to learn new things." No matter what life throws my way I know that if I can keep that attitude I will always be grateful, and be interested and engaged with life. That will keep me happy until it's time to check out.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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

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

 

Happy Happy

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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. :)

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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 : )

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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!!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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! :)

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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!

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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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