Dennis Prager just summarized his radio show with- "Don’t have stress, have friends, and take religion seriously."
The players were 90 year-olds, and the children of long-lived parents.
The tone seemed to focus on their having done most of the wrong things, and that it didn't do them in. Like having a sweet tooth, exercising or not, cigars...
Like almost everything I pay attention to, it all seems to stem from attitude. The other word that comes to mind when thinking about "accomplishment and being happy in it" is that the only constant in success is persistence, vs talent, intelligence, luck, looks, etc.; and that happiness is a decision.
The word Temperament also comes to mind.
Most of us can probably look back to someone in our family that had an inclination toward depression or anxiety, and we may wonder how much are we fated to the same condition.
When I think about things like stress and anxiety the question that rises in my mind is how much of that person's condition may have been related to choice... To being bumped and then choosing to lean the easier, weaker way.
I have enjoyed observing and experiencing the tremendous significance that our choice has on our happiness-
...Being happy is a choice. ...Doing the things to make a successful marriage is a decision.
I feel fortunate to have been catching the first or last 15 minutes of some of these radio programs like "The Happiness Hour." It was easy to listen in while doing the painting for 20 years, and now I get to listen to that hour sometimes on off Fridays or lunch at work.
My contribution to the radio discussion today would have been how significant it is when your kids are happy. And smart. And talented....
Someone, probably you Ton, recently put this in front of me-
Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles... 1 Chronicles 16:11-12.
Thank you, Lord...
- Time with Nickmo's endearing mom and sister, Tara and Katie
- Our washer and dryer. A Mother's day gift several years ago. And if you'd seen our old set, I was not one of those women complaining about that kind of Mother's day gift! Makes a big task more enjoyable.
- Spending time on Baylor campus with our family - and Purdy!
|More than two decades of friendship with this one|
|Fun to dream of them living right there in Penland one day... who knows?|
|Sic em' Bears!|
- Spontaneous reunion with our dear friends the Dickersons
|Essie asked me to take her back to the hotel room to find "something grey."|
|Someone has his daddy's sense of humor|
- 6th grade Cotillion
|Fewer nerves as this was the second time around|
- C's patience with me, living with me in an understanding way
- Piano tunes coming from fingers other than mine
- Sunday morn response
- Eleven + years of dining with these girls
- A Saturday morning at home
|All screens, with donuts on the kitchen counter|
- Pam's green sandals
- Rockwall and back with Tina
- Christ's boundaries = freedom
- 30 min on a quiet park bench
- Night at the Circus
- Cappy's words
|Love you, Dad! And love your choosing happiness...|