"...IF YOU FOLLOW YOUR BLISS, DOORS WILL OPEN FOR YOU THAT WOULDN'T HAVE OPENED FOR ANYONE ELSE." - Joseph Campbell

"SOMETIMES ON THE WAY TO YOUR DREAM, YOU GET LOST AND FIND A BETTER ONE." - Lisa Hammond

"IT IS POSSIBLE AT ANY AGE TO DISCOVER A LIFELONG DESIRE YOU NEVER KNEW YOU HAD." - Robert Brault


"IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO BE WHO YOU MIGHT HAVE BEEN." - George Eliot

"WE DID NOT CHANGE AS WE GREW OLDER. WE JUST BECAME MORE CLEARLY OURSELVES." - Lynn Hall

"GO CONFIDENTLY IN THE DIRECTION OF YOUR DREAMS! LIVE THE LIFE YOU HAVE IMAGED." - Henry David Thoreau

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

* WHAT MAKES ME HAPPY *


The Ronald realized a long time ago that I am very easy to please, which is something I'd already known for years! We talk about it off and on in an abstract kind of way; wondering why some people behave the way they do.
 
Are we just born with certain traits or do we learn them? What exactly do we inherit from our parents and other ancestors?
 
I like to believe that my way of looking at life is a combination: I was born with some happy characteristics and I also learned by example. In my very young years, I was a bliss child. There was lots of happiness and smiles, laughter and love, and a general feeling of security and contentment in my home.
 
Taking these photos gave me great joy which continues every time I look at them.
 
I took this yesterday while driving to my chiropractor's office.

This is in his parking lot.
There were tons of gorgeous clouds, but I just couldn't get the right views.
So many were big, fluffy cotton-ball-like .....
and others were dark.
 
My old shell chimes hanging under our patio umbrella.
 
 
Vern lifting his paw. See him smiling at me!


Vern and his water cup at Sonic.
 
I took him there for an ice cream treat because
he had a traumatic time getting his nails clipped. Aww...
 
Double rainbow!

 

This one was taken from inside my car.

 

This one from outside my car.
I wanted to show how high the rainbow was
when it began to curve.
 
 * Click on the photos for a larger view. *


* P.S. June 25th: Susan, at Writing Straight from the Heart, surprised me by posting her interview with me! Please stop by if you're not tired of reading about my memoir.There's also a photo of Vern, so that's a perk! :)

 

It also gives me pleasure to smile and offer my help to others. So many people go through life in a kind of fog, and don't even notice the beauty around them. Am I saying that I'm always cheerful and exuberant? Gosh, no! But, how about 90% of the time? I'd say Yes!
 
 
 
"There is a voice in the Universe urging us to remember our purpose for being on this great Earth. This is the voice of inspiration, which is within each and every one of us." -- Dr. Wayne Dyer

46 comments:

  1. Hi Becky,
    Very uplifting post and pics on clouds, no pun intended. Vern is sweet...our Caesar doesn't like his nails clipped either. And those rainbows? Wow... almost seems they were meant for you! Smart cookie to keep your camera with you. I must order you memoir! -Vickie

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    1. Hi Vickie~ Thanks! I have to say that I'm NOT smart to keep my camera with me. I take almost all my pics now with my cell phone, because THAT I usually do have with me! I can't begin to count how many amazing photos I've missed over the years because I didn't have my camera.

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  2. What a wonderful way to be! Not only is it good for your own health, but it is good for those who come into contact with you to be touched by positivity, rather than negativity.

    I love your photos. The rainbows are beautiful, and Vern's sweet face is always a joy to look upon.

    Blessings,
    Patti

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    1. Hi Patti! Thank you! I know you love Vern, too. It's impossible to not love him, I think!

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  3. It's good to have a positive outlook on life.

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    1. Hey Delores! Yep, if I didn't have one, I don't know where I'd be today....

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  4. Yeah, very often I too am pleased by simple things.

    Sometimes though a little Jack Daniel's helps set the mood.

    ~ D-FensDogg
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. Hey Stephen T ~ I think I can envision that about you! :)

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  5. Ooh! Impressive clouds, AND a double rainbow! It's always good to see Vern. Sorry about his nails, but glad to hear that he had a treat.

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    1. Hey Val ~ The clouds were amazing again today, but I didn't get a chance to take any photos. And what's really funny is that both yesterday and today, I saw, very clearly, certain faces, animals, etc. in those clouds....and I haven't done that in years, even though I'm always a Cloud Watcher-Starer! And yep, rainbows are so cool..and Vern is a love bug!

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  6. I'd way rather be around a positive person than a negative one. You certainly have the right attitude. However, I must insert a safety message here...please, no photography while driving! LOL

    Pat
    Critter Alley

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    1. Hi Pat! I agree. Being around negative, crabby, complaining people is the worst! And yes....I know I shouldn't drive and take photos! BUT, the only one I took was out the front windshield, so I was seeing ahead of me! Does that get me off the hook?!

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  7. Great pictures, Becky! You definitely are an optimistic, positive type person. I'm not successful all the time, but I do try to find the good side of things if I can. :)

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    1. Hi Daisy! Thank you! You know....as I was seeing all kinds of people and faces and animals in those clouds today, I thought of you and how you posted about that same thing!!

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  8. Glad you had a good day! Blogger is still giving me fits!!!!

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    1. Hi Bookie/Claudia! These weren't all taken the same day...now, THAT would've been an amazing day! :)
      I'm so sorry about Blogger. Has it gotten "fixed" yet?

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  9. It really is the little things that mean the most to me, too.

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    1. Hi Linda ~ Yes, you and I share many of the same delights!

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  10. Nice photos, Becky. So glad you were blessed with seeing that double rainbow. You deserved that!

    Be sure to stop by my blog today! Susan

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    1. Hey Susan ~ Thank you! And what a neat surprise that you posted our interview today! Thanks so much for doing that for me.

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  11. Love your bits-o-bliss! And Vern is such a handsome boy. :)

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    1. Hi Lisa! Thank you! I love the bits-o-bliss that you've been posting, too! :)
      And yes....I must admit, Vern is one handsome fella!

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  12. and I am grateful to know you Becky! you always make me smile :) thanks for sharing your double rainbow and your day. and I always love seeing Vern!

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    1. Ms. Green Monkey!! So happy to see your-cute-little-self here! :)
      And I'm glad I've been able to bring you some smiles, especially this past year when you went through hell and back.

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  13. I didn't know I actually had a purpose for being on this earth but rather thought I was just a random event. Food for thought there.
    I wonder if a double rainbow means there will be two pots of gold to search for?
    Everyday things are so special and we often ignore them looking for bigger and better things which, when you think of it, often don't last anyway.

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    1. Hi Mimsie! I am so happy that the quote by Dr. Dyer meant something to you and gave you food for thought! And yes, I think two rainbows = two pots of gold!
      I believe in finding joy in the smallest of things...and especially because most of the time they're even free! :)

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  14. I love those cloud shots and also those rainbow shots. And Vern is absolutely adorable. Have a beautiful beautiful day :)

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    1. Hey Keith! Thanks so much! It looks like my job is done here....at least for today! :D

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  15. That's a great trait, Becky, to appreciate the little things in life. Clouds make me happy, too!

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    1. Hey Cathy C! Thank you super-duperly!

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  16. Hi Becky! I had to stop back to let you know that yes, you heard correctly, I did write my memoir too. You are already a follower on my blog...I hope you'll stop by to leave me a comment to let me know you'd like to be entered into my drawing to win a copy of my book! If you have done so, I have missed it, so please confirm.

    Now, I need to get a copy of your book....what is the fastest way to get a hard copy? I can't wait to read it...was going to order on Amazon....wonder if you could sign one for me, please?!

    Kind regards, Vickie

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    1. Hi Vickie! Thanks so much your comments here. As you know, I've already e-mailed you back! :)

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  17. It's always good to be happy! Yay for you.

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  18. Aren't those massive cloud formations memorizing?
    Great captures and I enjoyed the rainbows .... but my fav is Vern. Yikes to the traumatic pedicure. I love that you took him for ice-cream! :)

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    1. Hi Myra! I just love it that everyone loves Vern so much! :)
      And yes, he sure loves ice cream!!

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  19. Love the clouds, love the rainbows! Hang on to your bliss, Becky!

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    1. Hi Teri! Gosh, here it is July 5th, and I'm realizing I forgot to reply to lots of comments! I hope y'all weren't thinking "How rude!" (you know me...just forgetful!) Thank you for your lovely comment!

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  20. Becky, Thank you for sharing your happy outlook. Your sky pictures are so pretty. Love the double rainbows. It takes a special person to find joy in the clouds on their way to the chiropractor. laurie

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    1. Hi Laurie! Thank you so much! And I love your last sentence...it made me laugh out loud! :)

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  21. Those clouds are gorgeous, and it looks like you do have much for which to be grateful. I feel a little happier just looking at these pics!

    =)

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    1. Hi Sue! Thank you! I'm glad my pictures could bring a smile to you!

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  22. I enjoyed your interview with Susan! I didn't realize your book was available on Kindle and I just bought it! Can't wait to read it! Big Hugs!
    Linda

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    1. Hey Linda! Well, gee...thanks! I didn't realize you had a Kindle! LOL

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  23. I always take my dog to buy a toy when she gets groomed. She loves it! We actually bought dog ice cream from Schwann's once. It was beef flavored!

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  24. Stephanie, how fun to meet you! Thanks so much for stopping and commenting. Wow...I had no idea that Schwann's has beef flavored doggie ice cream....No matter how hard I try, I can only think one word: Yuck! LOL.
    I know your dog loved it, though!
    I just became your follower.

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