Tonight I sat down on my porch steps and watched the moon rise high into the sky. While there I wondered what words could possibly come to my mind that would make enough sense to pass along to the readers of this column. I decided to do a little reflective searching.

The events of this past week, which centered on the passing of my father, have changed me in a way. I am still me, but yet part of who I am is gone. At this moment I wish for time to stand still so I can collect my thoughts and catch my breath—but as we know, that can’t be. Instead, I must now remember sensible words that my mother has said so many times before, “Sometimes you must simply pull yourself up by your bootstraps and get moving.”

That is what I will do. But first, I will give myself a small break and replay an article I wrote about happiness. It was written at an easier time in my family’s life. The general theory seems more appropriate even now, because even in the bad or sad times we should all strive to be in (or return to) a happy place.


True happiness is a choice that you, as an individual person, have to make. It is a state of being that can only be created by you and the greatest part of it will depend on your disposition, not on your set of circumstances. Read on.

Harvest season is nearing and soon area farmers will be busy in the fields gathering the crops and hoping for a good yield. It is here where I find an open door to take a broad view on the season of harvest by bringing the meaning into the everyday lives of the general population. Although harvest does not equal happiness, it is related in that the harvest will hopefully bring some sort of fulfillment in the end. That is, if you end up getting what you had hoped for in the beginning.

As the seasoned farmer has learned, harvest happiness will not necessarily come from obtaining your goals. Rather, it will most likely come from the feeling of exhilaration while chasing the goals and from the character building that is found there. The reason is that hope resides within. Yes, plain and simple, hope in itself is a form of happiness, because when you have that then you have everything within your grasp.

Many people rely on chasing rainbows to find the golden treasure at its end, but they don’t realize until they get to that end that happiness cannot be simply found and captured. It is not a material object that can be bought or sold and it cannot be given to you by the presence of someone in your life. It is something that dwells within and must be continually nurtured by hope.

I am not saying that you won’t be happy from receiving many things, such as a job promotion, new car, wedding proposal, and so on because these things do brighten our spirits. I am relaying the message that in the end, these things will only serve as a temporary feeling of ecstasy that shouldn’t be confused with that it means to be a happy person.

An overall happy person carries an optimistic desire within their inner being, and even during the darkest of times in their lives they have the power and/or strength to hope for brighter tomorrows. It doesn’t really matter if they believe tomorrow will be a better day, it only matters that they hope it will and believe it could be.

From those thoughts of hope and desire where happiness is concerned, I believe it is wise for a person to design a route of purpose for their life and strive to keep traveling on it. It is similar to the way the farmer would design his rows, plant his seeds, and tend it to maturity. The reason is not necessarily for reaching the end, because as I stated earlier, happiness cannot simply be found and is not something that will suddenly appear before your eyes.

The reason to keep moving is so that you won’t be left standing still in an unfortunate circumstance after the thrill from the above mentioned “temporary-happy-warm-fuzzies” leave your senses.

The mind is a wonderful tool and has the power to help us overcome many obstacles, both real and perceived. As I always say and do truly believe, it all depends on how you perceive things.

To close this article, I will use a quote from Rose Kennedy, “Birds sing after a storm so why shouldn’t we?”

Here’s hoping that during this upcoming season and all that follow, everyone finds a way to harvest something good in their life: true happiness.

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