Jan. 27, 2021

DON'T DEPEND ON ANYONE BUT YOU FOR HAPPINESS.

DON"T LET HUMANS DETERMINE YOUR HAPPINESS. MAKE EVERY DAY—BEAUTIFUL—ALL BY YOURSELF.

MAKE EVERY DAY MEMORABLE BECAUSE BASICALLY--IT ALL DEPENDS ON YOU.  EVERY DAY IS WAITING TO BE YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE.

EVERY DAY--- DO THE UNEXPECTED. DO SOMETHING THAT'S NOT ON YOUR TO-DO LIST...LIKE  WALKING OR SITTING IN A QUIET SPOT AND SIMPLY ...REMEMBERING.  THINK ABOUT A PLEASANT MEMORY FROM YOUR PAST THEN"RELIVE" IT IN YOUR MIND.  DARE TO LAUGH-OUT-LOUD OR CRY IF YOU FEEL LIKE IT.

 LOVE YOUR PAST MOMENTS. NEVER FORGET WHY THEY WERE MEMORABLE AND ARE STILL WORTH REMEMBERING.

THINK BACK.  REMEMBER SOMEONE WHO ONCE LOVED YOU--- SOMEONE WHO IS NO LONGER IN YOUR LIFE.  REMEMBER SOMEONE WHO MADE YOU FEEL BEAUTIFUL OR HANDSOME AND UNIQUELY-SPECIAL. NOW PICTURE THAT "SOMEONE" AND SMILE.  SIMPLY SAY "THANK YOU" TO THAT PERSON...OUT-LOUD.  DARE TO SHARE YOUR HEART AS IF THAT PERSON WAS RIGHT-THERE-- BESIDE YOU.

ALSO-- TAKE TIME TO SAY "THANK YOU" TO GOD. HONOR HIM BY SINGING YOUR FAVORITE SONG OR HYMN OR REMEMBERING YOUR FAVORITE PRAYER OR SCRIPTURE.

GOD DOESN'T CARE IF YOU DON'T SING WELL OR TALK LIKE A PROFESSIONAL. GOD ONLY CARES THAT YOU LOVE HIM...IN WORD, DEED, AND SONG.  TRY TO SING AND TALK TO GOD EVERY DAY... LIKE A CHILD…. HAPPY AND FEARLESS---- PROUD TO STILL BE ONE OF GOD'S CHILDREN.

EARLY THIS MORNING, WALKING ALONG THE SPILLWAY TRAIL WITH BIG DOG- CUBBY DOG....I FOUND MYSELF SINGING "JESUS LOVES ME" AND IT FELT RIGHT. I KNOW GOD WAS LISTENING BECAUSE--- HE WALKS WITH ME...EVERY DAY.

WITH FEWER DAYS IN FRONT OF ME-- THAN BEHIND ME-- I'VE LEARNED TO STOP PEOPLE FROM INTERFERING WITH MY HAPPINESS. EVERYDAY, I CONCENTRATE ON KEEPING MY LIFE FREE FROM MAN-MADE STRESS. I REFUSE TO LET ANYONE DESTROY MY JOY.

SIMPLE PLEASURES-- LIKE SPOTTING A DEER IN THE WOODS, SHARING THE HIKING TRAILS WITH SQUIRRELS, POSSUMS, BIRDS, AND ALL OF NATURE"S CREATIVE DESIGNS---REMIND ME THAT LOVING ALL GOD'S CREATIONS IS A PRICELESS  AND HAPPY GIFT---FOR FREE. WE ARE SURROUNDED BY ENDLESS BLESSINGS THAT ARE FREE--TO ALL OF US--WHEN WE SIMPLY TAKE TIME TO ENJOY THEM.

SO...STAY CAUTIOUS. NEVER ALLOW HUMANS TO CONTROL YOUR DAYS- YOUR HAPPINESS---OR YOUR LIFE.

I'VE LIVED LONG ENOUGH TO KNOW ONE ABSOLUTE TRUTH: HUMANS CAN BREAK YOUR HEART… RUIN YOUR LIFE THEN.... SEND YOU AN ITEMIZED BILL FOR THEIR SERVICES.