Happy New Year: Love and Simple Happiness in 2017

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Happy 2017! I want to take some time to thank you for reading.

2016 graced us with abundant blessings. True, that there were a few detours and unanswered wishes, but one was always present. LOVE.

I stated reading (again) Neal Donald Walsch’s “Conversations with God” and in the book, he wrote that “Love is the energy which expands, opens up, sends out, stays, reveals, shares, heals.” He also wrote that we “have been taught to live in fear, told about the survival of the fittest and the victory of the strongest and the success of the cleverest but little is said about the glory of the most loving.”

Because of LOVE, I am able to “focus on the good” – a phrase which serves as a reminder in my happy simple life.

Do you notice that it’s becoming more difficult to slow down in this fast-forward world of ours?

Do you make time to unwind, unplug, write down why life is beautiful?

In dealing with life’s ups and downs, there are 2 things my Dad taught me: (1) The Golden Rule - “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” (Matt. 7:12), and (2) “Que Sera, Sera – whatever will be, will be.”

Sometimes I forget to take time to do these important things. In order to remind myself I came up with a simple acronym: TIME.

Be Thankful. 
      Imagine something empowering. 
     Make someone happy.
     Enhance your life with something new.

Each of these actions can be tackled daily if they are designed to be short attainable goals. Dedicating a few written words each day makes everything seem brighter, provides a feeling of accomplishment and will help guide you through your happiness challenge.

The following is a summary of the structure of this journal. Each day focuses on a different task of empowerment.

Photo courtesy of Michael-Rex

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