H A P P I N E S S

 

H A P P I N E S S

 When I was preschool I can remember my parents could make me HAPPY by giving me a treat. Candy, a sip of coke, a new toy, my grandmother coming to visit us, or just a Sunday drive. During the summer we would go to a place on a river and have hot dogs that we cooked on an open fire. Any of those things could make me HAPPY.

Then I entered school and my desires for HAPPINESS expanded somewhat. I saw and then wanted a bicycle like the older kids had. When I was in the third or fourth grade my parents for Christmas gave me a Western Flyer from Western Auto. A blue frame and a bell that I could ring and I rode it EVERYWHERE. All around our neighborhood, to school, to the grocery store for my Mom and with my neighborhood buddies. Man that made me HAPPY.

Then when I entered high school a few of the older guys had a CAR ! And guess what….I Knew that if I could somehow get a car that would REALLY make me HAPPY. After working at Piggly Wiggly and mowing lawns and doing other things to make some money I was able to buy an old beat up 1931 Chevy . But it was a car and I was HAPPY.

After graduating from High School and then getting an Associate of Arts Degree from San Antonio College, I dated my now wife, and I proposed and we got married. The pinnacle of HAPPINESS ! Incidentally, on July 29, 2020 we will be married 70 years. And through the years we had five children each of which brought me to another level of HAPPINESS.  

Now….I have to admit that I have experienced numerous degrees of happiness. I also discovered that being HAPPY is a choice that can be made. Sometimes life can bring periods where that HAPPY feeling is not there, and then you have to recognize that this too shall change and the HAPPY times will be there once again. And that is a choice that YOU can make. Either stay in the doldrums or choose to see the bright side which ALWAYS leads to that HAPPY place.

So….here’s where I am today. With the current events and so many ways to become sad and depressed, I believe that this period is temporary and I can choose to remain in that depressed state or make another choice. And here it is.

I AM IN CHARGE OF HOW I FEEL AND TODAY I AM CHOOSING HAPPINESS !

BE SAFE AND BE HAPPY !

 

T O G E T H E R

T O G E T H E R

 Together   tuh-geth-er   adverb

In cooperation;  with united action;  conjointly;  to undertake a task together.

That’s what the dictionary says, but the meaning in today’s REAL WORLD has far greater significance than what the dictionary says.

I have heard that word more in the last week than I have in the last five years put together. I don’t believe that I have heard anyone speak about the current Coronavirus problem without that word being used multiple times. Everyone from our President Trump on down to our local officials keep saying “We’ll get through this “TOGETHER”. TOGETHER has become a very powerful and meaningful word. And for all of the right reasons. I have been told through the years that “there is strength in numbers”. But if you introduce TOGETHER into that phrase you increase the effectiveness of the “numbers” exponentially. There is great strength in numbers TOGETHER.

I can’t help but reflect on how many times that word TOGETHER  has had a very significant meaning. Prior to thr formation of the United States of America there were thirteen states, each operating individually with a certain degree of success. But our founding fathers with a great deal of wisdom decided to get TOGETHER  and form a union that TOGETHER was far more powerful. And a great many more illustrations could be given to prove the effectiveness of the word TOGETHER.

I certainly agree with everyone that the way to combat and diminish the effects of the CV is having a defined and concentrated effort that can ONLY be done with the cooperation of everyone TOGETHER. I have witnessed many times during the past week of people being more caring of each other and having a common goal TOGETHER. And I also believe that we will see an emergence of a more thoughtful and caring society as a result of the effort brought about by attacking this problem TOGETHER.

In the 1960’s country singer Buck Owens had a  number 1 hit song. The song reminds me of where I think we will be when this CV business is over. The song title ?

T O G E T H E R    A G A I N