#happiness

MORE LITTLE THINGS

I’ve said this over and over again because I believe it to be true

most of our enjoyment in life comes from the little things we do.

 

Little moments…little adventures…little wonders

that somehow find a way

to enter into our lives…and brighten up our day.

 

Like moments found by two thin blooded Floridians…both over 65 years old

on a recent camping trip together…when the weather outside turned cold.

 

They bundled up and took a boat ride…

they listened to what the captain had to teach

they saw a fort that was built but never used

and watched wild horses running on a beach.

 

They ate the best clam chowder and crab cakes

they had ever been served

and they handed the waitress who served them

a tip she so rightly deserved.

 

They stood on the edge of the Atlantic ocean

while a flock of birds circled overhead

they tried the Pirate punch in the oldest bar in Florida

and watched as their cheeks turned red.

 

They watched three sunrises and sunsets

They saw a family of dolphins perform…

they found when you hold hands even if it’s freezing outside

inside you feel warm.

 

These little moments…little adventures…little wonders

somehow found a way

to enter into their lives…and brighten up their day. 

 

Thus proving once again what I’ve always believed to be true

 

most of our enjoyment in life…comes from the little things we do.


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HEAVEN

I was brought up quite religiously…

I was taught heaven was somewhere in the sky.

Where if a person was good down here on Earth, 

there was a place for them on high.

 

A place where we will walk among the softness of the clouds

in a paradise floating above…

where miracles happen every day

and where we’re always surrounded by love.

 

When I grew up and began to think for myself

to question…to clarify

I kept returning to the concept of Heaven…and began to wonder why?

 

Why do we look up to Heaven, for when we look straight ahead, 

side to side…up or down

there are a myriad of miracles to see…right here on the ground.

 

Look at the diversity of life created right here beneath our feet

from natures beauty that surrounds us to the daily foods we eat.

 

I have been at the birth of my children and grandchildren 

and don’t think it’s preposterous to say

in the maternity ward of a hospital you walk among angels every day. 

 

I’ve experienced love

I’ve seen beauty, 

I’ve seen a family grow and blossom and thrive

I’ve seen sunrises and sunsets and rainbows,

all while I’m still quite alive.

 

I wonder if I’ve had this concept of Heaven all wrong…

if religions aren’t a little remiss

for when I look around at the blessings in my life 

I wonder…can it get any better than this?

 

Sure there may be a Heaven high in the sky 

which we may experience in our rebirth

but let’s not forget…while we’re alive

the Heaven…

right here 

 

on Earth.


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A GREAT DAY

Yesterday was a great day…one I will long revere

It began when I looked in the mirror…and realized…I’m still here!

 

That I have a wife, children, grandchildren and friends 

with whom this life…I share…

This is how my day began…and it only got better from there!

 

We watched the sun rise on our morning walk.

We saw a father carry his daughter piggy-back

We said ‘Hi’ to Stella, she is homeless…

and for the first time…she said ‘Hi’ back.

 

We stopped to talk to an old man as we walked down to the sea.

We took goodies down to our daughter-in-law 

(she’s having surgery on her knee).

 

We bought candy from the candy store.

We drank fresh-squeezed lemonade.

In the heat of the Florida sun…we found respite in the shade.

 

We bought the final present for Ava’s birthday party…(she just turned 13)

We put a new rug in our craft room…we decorated for Halloween.

 

We saw our eagles…on the top of the pole where they both like to rest

We ate take-out food from Thai Town…their Pad Thai is the best!

 

From my spot in my favorite chair I watched the sun set through the trees.

As we turned out the lights and kissed goodnight I thought…

I love days like these…

 

And when I awoke this morning…knowing yesterday was through…

I looked in the mirror and couldn’t help but think…

 

Today’s starting out pretty great too!


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THE MIDDLE

 

The beginning of another Summer means the end of another Spring

and I wonder as with all transitions what this new beginning will bring…

 

And it makes me think about beginnings and endings

will this new beginning bring us joy…or strife

and it makes me wonder how beginnings and endings

fit into a life.

 

Life is a series of beginnings and endings

they loom in the shadows like silhouettes

Every birth has a death, every start has its finish, 

every sunrise…its sunset

 

And though it’s true we experience beginning and endings

wherever we go and in whatever we choose to do

most of our life is spent in the middle

living between the two.

 

Certainly every beginning is important

as are the times we bid adieu

but isn’t it in the middles of our life

where most of our dreams come true?

 

So the next time you think about a beginning…

or an ending

take a moment

close your eyes…

and remember all that happened in between…

in the middle…

 

where our happiness lies…


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HAPPINESS

Some people believe happiness is a myth…of that assumption I have my doubts

for every day I am glad to discover so much to be happy about.

 

When I was young I’d secretly hope the day would never end

when I was outside playing in my neighborhood with friends.

 

or when seated around our table…talking non-stop…incessantly

eating, in between our words, with friends and family.

 

In my neighborhood, in my house…at my table…up a tree…

happiness was everywhere I went…it seemed to be following me.

 

and it continues to follow me today…with family, with friends…when talking,

when eating, playing, singing, dancing,…in silence or when walking.

 

In a mountain lake wildly swimming with family…I feel just as much elation

as when sitting quietly in a church for my granddaughter’s confirmation…

 

It is not a myth that happiness surrounds my heart…

allowing it to float carefree

or that each day it is more and more enhanced

 

by the people surrounding me.


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HOW COULD HE HAVE KNOWN

While writing the story of his life

when he reached the part where his heart needed mending

how could he have ever known 

she would come along

and write his happy ending.

 

That she would create his joy

his comfort

would compose his music 

and his laughter

and the rest of the story would write itself

as

 

happily ever after.


A REASON COMES ALONG

 When asked the secret to his happiness

the old man smiled, “It originates in me.

for I am usually as happy

as I decide to be.”

 

“It’s amazing”, the old man continued

as he stood up proud and strong…

“each day I decide to be happy first.”

and then a reason comes along.


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ANOTHER WONDERFUL DAY

Life is made up of wonderful moments….

Little moments that come our way…

that combine with other wonderful moments

to become a wonderful day!

 

Take yesterday for instance…the moment my feet hit the ground

everywhere I looked…wonderful moments….all around…

 

Deborah and I took a walk with a friend…early morning before the crowds.

We watched the sun rise over the water…painting colors on the clouds.

 

When we reached the pier…out in the water….under an ever-changing sky

A dolphin mommy and her baby…happily swimming by.

 

Deborah made a batch of shortbread for Rick, our nephew,

(as a baker she’s well versed)

Still…no shortbread ever leaves our house

until I taste it first!

 

We rode in our golf cart to a restaurant

where we met Rick and of a wonderful lunch we partook…

We talked for hours and Rick gave us ‘A Day In The Life Of Marlon Bundo’

 a wonderful Children’s book.

 

These wonderful moments were but a few

of the ones that came our way.

Wonderful moments that combined together

to make yesterday a wonderful day…

 

If today we string more wonderful moments together…

I think it becomes quite clear

how one great day will turn into another…

and we’ll end up with a wonderful year…

 

And if we’re truly lucky, 

our wonderful moments will outweigh any sorrowful moments of strife

and one great year will turn into another

 

and we’ll end up with a wonderful life.


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IN THE FLIGHT OF THE TURTLE DOVE

No matter what happens in his life…he never speaks of pain

Instead he finds treasures in his troubles and pleasures in the rain.

 

When asked how he endures his suffering…how so easily he copes  

he answers that he only thinks of love…of happiness and hope.

 

He thinks of life as an adventure and all the beauty there is to see…

He finds his peace in the kindness of his friends…in the warmth of his family.

 

He looks at all the beauty in the world…he finds his inspiration in the turtle dove…

for he knows if he’s to thrive in life…he must fill his heart with love.

 

He says he’s much too busy…to ever speak of pain…

too busy finding treasures in his troubles and pleasures in the rain.

 

To busy finding inspiration in the flight of the turtle dove...

too busy filling his heart with hope…with happiness and love.

 

For he knows outward beauty is fleeting…that one day it will depart

 

and he knows the only lasting beauty…is the beauty in his heart…