Tag: happiness

depression

Breathing Through It

I know I don’t have it that bad. I know things can always be worse. I know that as long as there is still breath in my body, I have the opportunity to do something better. The problem is that I feel compelled to serve a higher purpose, a universal purpose that goes beyond just …

writing

Proud Of Myself

Supposedly, my novelette Jeopardy goes live tomorrow on the Scarlet Leaf Review.  I don’t really follow the publishing world because I’m more interested in creation than industry, so I have no idea if that’s a big deal externally or not. It’s possible the whole thing is little better than an also-ran booby prize, but who …

connection

Nieces

Today is my youngest niece’s tenth birthday. It’s weird to me to think back on that pink, squirming little human that got shoved in my inexpert arms so many years ago.  I was afraid to touch her, and despite intellectually knowing she was family, it never occurred to me at the time that she was …

blowoff

Games Night

It’s been a long, wonderful day.  Every day, I wake up thinking of everything I intend to do that day, and whether the day will allow for it, or whether my energy will sustain it. I know I’ve been pushing myself hard for the past four or five months, but life is short, and I’ve …

joy

Board Games

I love board games. I’m especially a fan of ones that have simple concepts, with just enough rules to be easily followed, but require actual thought and strategy to truly beat and win. Think Ticket To Ride or Pandemic, my personal favourite.  It used to be Monopoly but it turns out that I only enjoyed …

joy

Quiet And Happiness

I think it’s really the matter of getting lost in the moment.  Our minds often clamber with random thoughts, worries, obsessions and addictions.  Gossip, self-doubt, criticism, jealousy and hopelessness can all crowd the mind and make us forget our moments. At times, this can work well.  For me, getting lost in a distraction such as …

purpose

Golden Circle

There’s a popular TED talk by Simon Sinek around the power of Why.  In fact, he followed that up with a whole book called Start With Why, that took the concept in his talk (which lasted roughly 20 minutes), and made it last several hours, with no variation on theme. I thought it an odd choice …

growth

Expanding Worlds

Twelve times in the past seven years, I’ve read the same book about naming your genius. Twelve times I’ve come up with a name, then immediately started second guessing it.  Every time, I end up having to read it again, because I’m just not getting it. But every time, I expanded a little.  It forced …

purpose

The Curve Of Life

There’s a moment in The Wonderful Visit where the main protagonist explains to the visiting angel the course of a person’s life.  The angel, coming from a place akin to heaven, doesn’t suffer from death, and doesn’t understand toil or pain or labour or taxes or culture or society.  Basically, he’s from an idealized place where …