It’s wet. I’m not. There is a God. Many, many people are not so lucky as I, that’s for sure.
I’m not even sure if this will get published on the web server, the Internet service has been ‘spotty’ to say the least, but I’ll keep it short and give it a go.
Since the best cure for depression I know of is to think happy thoughts, here are a couple:
Are You Happy?
“… It’s a question you need to ask yourself and answer honestly. Because life is too short, and if
your answer is no, then things need to change.
And I’m not talking about being happy about the little things in life. Like how eating your favorite
food makes you happy or riding your bike makes you happy. Those are important, for sure, but
they don’t really fill your core being do they?
I’m talking about being happy with your life, your being, your soul – from the tips of your toes to
the hair on your head.
So, right now, if you reflected on your life and your career and rated your own happiness on a
scale of 1 to 10, what number would you come up with? Are you feeling like a 2, a 5, maybe a
If it’s not closer to a 10, maybe that’s a sign that things should change?
The answer is yes, not maybe …
I recently had the chance to review a short, easy to read but very interesting and profound book on the basis of your personal happiness and satisfaction with life. How To Catch Happy by Jim Kukral. I recommend it. It won’t keep you busy for a whole rainy afternoon, but it may make the rest of your life a lot sunnier.
(This is not an affiliate link, I’m not making money from this. So many people contact me and tell me how unhappy they are with the life in general, and where they live, in particular, I just thought this was worth tossing out there for those who don’t secretly relish the feeling of unhappiness. Most of you don’t. Some of you do. You know who you are)
Am I Living in Paradise?
Well, I don’t know, am I? In general I hate all the talk about moving to the “Paradise” of the Philippines. I mean, it’s my adopted country, and I love living here, but Paradise? In a great many ways, it ain’t.
But I just came across one of those simple little pieces of writing that made me say, “Wow, why didn’t I write that”? Maybe I didn’t write it because I always seem to take too many words to get too little said, but my colleague, the “other Dave” was able to excel at showing me how to do a lot more with a lot less. If you don’t have time to read all of Dave’s answer to the question, Am I Still Living in Paradise?, here’s the part I liked best:
… I think I would have to agree with a statement made in Wikipedia about the subject: “Paradise is a place of contentment, but it is not necessarily a land of luxury and idleness.” The phrase “contentment” describes my present life in the Philippines fairly accurately. I am content. I have a beautiful asawa. I am living a stress-free existence for the most part. I never have to shovel snow or endure sub-zero weather conditions anymore….
Recommended reading on the subject of “Paradise” and living in the Philippines. I also recommend Dave latest book … The Philippines: A Guide To Moving & Living In Paradise … he was kind enough to furnish me a review copy and I’ll have a complete review up, RSN (Real Soon Now).
That’s all from paradise right now, hope your day (and your life) is going at least as well as mine.