How to be Happy – Quotes

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.  – Anne Frank

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.  – Marcel Proust

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Life is like a roller coaster, live it, be happy, enjoy life.  – Avril Lavigne

When I am myself, I am happy and have a good result.  – Jack Ma

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

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I read “The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch a few years ago and I loved it.  Randy Pausch was a professor at Carnage Mellon.  He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and only had a six months to live.  Before he died, Randy Pausch gave his last lecture at Carnage Mellon.  The advice he gave during the lecture struck a cord with millions of people.

Randy Pausch talked about the importance of family, humility, and working toward your dreams.  There is an abundance of good advice in the book, so I decided to read it again.

While reading the book, I found myself thinking about my own personal goals.  A few years ago, I finished a PhD program and a huge dream of mine was fulfilled.

However, since then I have floundered a bit.  I don’t have another dream or personal goal.  I started thinking about what I want to accomplish next in my life.  I have a some ideas that I am researching.  I will post an update once I get it all straight in my mind and let everyone know what I plan to achieve next in my life.

The Sower and the Seed

The parable of the sower and the seed is found in Matthew 13:1-23.  It is about a sower who went out to spread seeds.  In the parable the seeds represent the word of God.

Some of the seeds fell on the path and was eaten by the birds.  When someone hears the word and doesn’t understand it, the word is snatched away from them.

Some of the seeds fell on rocky ground.  The plants grew, but without soil the roots were weak and the plants died.  Sometimes people hear the word and accept it.  However, they have no roots, so when times are hard they fall away from the word.

Other seeds fell among thrones which destroyed the plants as they tried to grow.  People that hear the word, but are more concerned with the priorities of the world are lost to the worries of the world.

Lastly, some seeds fell on good soil and they produced a harvest.  The good soil represents people that hear the word, understand it, and follow the teaches of it.  They bear good fruit and live as disciples of Jesus Christ.

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One thing I have noticed in my life and in the lives of others, is we are not destined to remain in one of those locations.  We can change how we receive the word of God.

If you lack understanding, spend time studying the Bible.

If you lack a good root system, spend time with other disciples and get involved with a church that prioritizes the making of disciples, so your root system can grow stronger.

If you tend to prioritize the worries of the world above your spiritual life, then spend time considering what is truly important to you and how your priorities effect your life.

If you are the good soil, don’t get comfortable.  Continue to spend time studying the Bible, so you can continue to grow and produce more fruit.

 

This Ain’t Nothing

This song has great meaning to me and I find it inspirational.  First, it reminds me to remember what’s important in my life.  Second, it makes me think about all the hardships, obstacles, and even the horrible experiences that almost destroyed me in the past.

I am still here.  I am an overcomer, so I know I can handle whatever life throws my way.  I look at the newest obstacles in my life, think about what I already conquered, and say to myself, “This ain’t nothing.”

 

  • As a side note, I apologize to all the grammar police out there.  You can send your completes to Craig Morgan, if it makes you feel better.

Old Stuff Day

This is Old Stuff Day.  When I think about old stuff in my house, the first thing that comes to mind is this washboard.

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My grandmother, Edith (Stevens) Lynn, purchased the washboard in 1957, from Carabaos Store in Anchorage, Alaska.  My grandfather was in the Army and he was stationed there at the time.

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It’s amazing to think about how different their lives were from mine.  I can’t even fathom how long it would take to do laundry for an entire family with a washboard or how much elbow grease was involved in that task.

Life for them was hard.  They moved constantly with the Army and sometimes spent less than one year at a location before moving again.  They raised four kids and would sacrifice to provide the best possible life for their children.

My mom remembers in the early years, when my grandfather was just a private, my grandmother would skip meals.  She sat at the table and said she wasn’t hungry.  However, the truth was she didn’t have enough food to feed everyone.  She decided her husband needed a good meal, since he was a soldier, and the children needed food to grow, be healthy, and do well in school.

The washboard now hangs in our laundry room, but it’s more than a decorative piece.  It is a reminder of my family legacy.

The sacrifice and hard work of my grandparents, gave my mom the chance at a good education and an example of how to survive in the world.

Mom passed that legacy down to her children.  Today my life successes are a reflection of that tradition and I try to teach Gwen the same values I learned from Mom.

It began over 60 years ago, a tradition of hard work, dedication, and love for your family.  It still continues to this day, thanks to my grandparents, Frank and Edith Lynn.

Priorities (Matthew 6:19-34)

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Jesus continues the Sermon on the Mount by talking about priorities.

  • Where your treasures are there your heart will be also.
  • You cannot serve two masters.  You will end up loving one and hating the other.
  • Don’t be anxious about your life.  Anxiety and worry will not solve any problems.

I am guilty of putting energy into low priority issues, while ignoring high priority things.  This happens when I am more concerned about what other  people will think about me than I am about achieving my goals.

The best way to determine if I am truly focusing on my priorities is to compare them to my schedule.  Then I will know if I am really focusing on what is important to me.

Do you have the same problem?  What techniques do you use to keep your priories in their proper place?