Jul 05 2012

Pursue Happiness

Sometimes when you don’t have a specific elaborate plan, you have the most fun.

Like yesterday for example.  My kids were with their Dad for Fourth of July so I didn’t plan anything big.  Just work and maybe run some errands, take advantage of the sales.

But, a friend of mine wouldn’t have that.  She said, “you’re coming with me.”  So went to a neighborhood pool party and cookout (even though I wasn’t a neighbor). Even though things weren’t the way I would have chosen them to be, I found happiness.

As I helped put hot dogs on a plate for my friends kids and kept them away from the fireworks she was setting off in the cul-de-sac, I thought I’m not sure it’s exactly how the founding father’s envisioned us celebrating their act of treason in signing the Declaration of Independence, 263 years later. I think it’s better than they ever dreamed.

I thought about that famous passage that Thomas Jefferson wrote in that Declaration:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

So far, life hasn't turned out the way I planned, but I refuse to sit and wallow or give up.  I will continue to pursue happiness.  Join me!

It just might turn out better than I dreamed.

Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

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Jul 03 2012

Proud Papa

With Fourth of July tomorrow, it makes you think about more and appreciate our troops who sacrifice time with their families even their lives to defend that freedom we’re celebrating.

You think about all that they miss.  Saw this story of an Air Force staff sergeant who hasn’t seen his daughter in person in 2 years.

He’s been in Afghanistan.

But, with modern technology he’s able to follow her.  He would watch YouTube videos of her gymnastics routines, even showing her off to the others in his squadron.

On Friday he finally got the opportunity to see her gymnastic routines in person.  He surprised his daughter, Gabby Douglas, as she tried out for  US Women’s Olympic Gymnastic team.

She made the team!

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