My mind goes everywhere when I'm on a walk. It flits from serious to weird, introspective to silly...and everywhere in between and outside. I decided that if I ever write a book it will be written from walks.

Anyway today while walking (among many other things) I was thinking about happiness, and I came up with a theory.

Do you suppose the happiness God gives us is like the parable of the talents? He gives us a little bit of happiness to start with, and if we work it right, we'll soon have quite a storehouse of'll be multiplying left and right. Or we can shove it away in a corner and pretend it's not there. As I was thinking about this, liking it more and more I suddenly thought of the end of that parable. "To him who has, more shall be given, and to him who has not, even what he has will be taken away." And if you think about it, that's how it is, isn't it? We've all got something to be glad about, some of us more than others, I'll grant you, but there's always something. And if we grumble and complain, well...even that will no longer bring happiness.

Ok, so that might be carrying things a bit far, but I thought it fascinating to muse over. It was brought about by realizing that my happiness today wasn't about any big thing that was new or different, but taking delight in all the little things that happen with great frequency. Just the everyday things in life.'s a list of people who have made me smile today (in no particular order):

  • Hailie
  • Danielle
  • my mom
  • Heidi
  • myself (what can I say? I do make myself smile!)
  • Bryan
  • Susan
  • my boss' wife
  • Melinda
  • Cathy (my supervisor)
  • Tash
  • Bob (my coworker)
  • Rita
  • Hilary
  • my Grandma
  • Jeeks (my librarian)
  • Jessica
  • Cinderella

...and here are some things that made me smile today (in no particular order):

  • hearing You've Got a Friend on the radio
  • seeing a cloud of dust above some trees
  • a cute little VW that I'm sure my car swerved towards on it's own accord
  • the exhaust plumes from a semi
  • getting Cinderella undies for Hailie at Wal Mart ;)
  • feeling a bulge in a tire the size of a small cantaloupe...I know it's a dangerous thing and expensive, but it was cool anyway
  • my post from last night that now has nearly 90 comments
  • my hug meter that keeps suspiciously jumping
  • listening to Chicago
  • the Fast 20 Random Things ;) and the fact that I'm the fastest so far
  • the sound of tires on gravel
  • my local library
  • thinking about singing The Holy City
  • getting Cinderella chapstick for Hailie (or lip-stacks, as she calls it)
  • emails
  • livejournal
  • the wind and sun in my hair as I pretended to drive 70 mph
  • a couple of Very Cute babies



August 2011

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