Living a Happier Life!

In today's fast-paced world, it's easy to get caught up in the relentless pursuit of more.  We often believe that acquiring more stuff and spending endless hours in cyberspace will being us happiness and fulfillment.  However, the truth is that true contentment lies in simplicity in cherishing what we have and disconnecting from the virtual realm.

Society bombards us with the idea that material possessions equate to happiness. We are constantly enticed by the latest gadgets, fashion trends, and luxurious lifestyles showcased on social media. However, the truth is that our happiness is not dependent on what we own, but rather on the quality of our relationships, experiences, and personal growth. By shifting our focus from material accumulation to inner fulfillment, we can lead a happier and more meaningful life.


One of the keys to living a happier life is practicing gratitude. Rather than constantly yearning for what we lack, we should appreciate and be grateful for what we already have. Gratitude allows us to develop a positive mindset and find joy in the simple pleasures of life, whether it's a beautiful sunset, a heartfelt conversation, or a delicious meal. By appreciating the present moment, we can find happiness in the abundance that already surrounds us.


While possessions can provide temporary satisfaction, experiences have the power to enrich our lives in profound ways. Instead of collecting material goods, invest in experiences that create lasting memories. Travel to new places, engage in hobbies, learn new skills, and spend quality time with loved ones. These experiences not only bring us joy but also broaden our perspectives and deepen our connections with others.


While technology has undeniably enhanced our lives in numerous ways, it is crucial to find a balance and limit our time spent in the digital world. Excessive screen time not only hampers our ability to be present but also affects our mental and emotional well-being. Designate tech-free zones or specific periods in your day to disconnect from cyberspace, allowing yourself to be fully present in the here and now. Engage in activities that nourish your soul, such as reading, outdoor pursuits, meditation, or spending quality time with friends and loved ones.

Embrace a simpler, more intentional way of living, and you will unlock. a world of joy, gratitude, and genuine human connections that will enrich your life in unimaginable ways.  

If you watch Netflix, there's an interesting documentary on this subject called "Minimalism."

Oh, just one more comment.  Is God in your life? That's a whole new conversation. I hope he is for you as he is for me.  It is most gratifying to know that the "Holy Spirit" lives in me and guides me daily for a more peaceful life.

I Love Being a Wildlife Photographer

Being a wildlife photographer can be an exhilarating and rewarding experience. It allows me to explore some of the most beautiful areas of the Southwest and capture stunning images of animals in their natural habitat.

One of the greatest joys of being a wildlife photographer is the opportunity to witness and capture moments that most people may never witness. Whether it's a Great Horned Owl, a Bald Eagle, or a Squirrel in the forest, being able to document wildlife through photography is a truly a special experience.

Wildlife photography allows you to connect with nature and the animals you are photographing in a way that few other activities can. You learn to appreciate the beauty and intricacies of the natural world, and develop a deep respect for the creatures that inhabit it.

Being a wildlife photographer also comes with its challenges. You must be prepared to spend hours in the field, do some hiking and be patient enough to wait for the perfect shot.

Overall, the joy of this passion lies in the opportunity to capture the beauty of nature and share it with others. It can be an incredibly rewarding and fulfilling career or just a hobby.

Whether you love wildlife or not, just pick up your camera or your smart phone and capture the beauty that surrounds you on a daily basis.  Taking pictures manifests more happiness in your life and creates memories that last not only for a lifetime, but it’s one of the few things you can leave behind when you leave this earth!

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Make Another Person Feel Good!

 For years everywhere I go and to the people I meet my standard line is “Are you doing good today?”  It’s amazing how many answers I get!  All kinds of people whether it’s at McDonald’s, Walmart, the grocery store, gas station, or any other place that you can think of, give all kinds of answers.

What prompted me to write about this was a trip to McDonald’s today to get a couple of egg McMuffins and two Mocha Frappe coffees for breakfast.  When I got to the pay window I said what I always say and the young lady's answer was, “Oh, I’m okay I guess.”  Sure we might be having a bad day, but don’t broadcast it!

Before I get to what I replied to her, let me say that McDonald’s Mocha Frappe coffees are out of this world.  Better than Starbucks at a lower price.   Got to admit it’s a high temptation not to have one every day!

So I looked at her and said, “You know what?  You have a nice job for a great company, get a weekly pay check, you’re not in a hospital, and it’s an awesome day!”  She smiled and said “Thank you for that.”  I hope maybe she felt just a little bit better.

I’ve often wished I could go into companies and give seminars to the front line employees.  You see, it’s the first person you meet when you walk into any establishment that determines the atmosphere.  Most front line employees don’t realize that they represent the entire company from the CEO on down!

Here’s an example.  You might visit a restaurant with really good food and mediocre to poor service or choose a restaurant with decent food and outstanding service.  Which one would you prefer? I’ll choose the best service. I love when I meet an enthusiastic waiter or waitress. It makes the whole experience so much more fun!

How about a sports bar.  You go in, sit down at the bar and the bartender is energetic, and say’s “Would you like what you had last time?”  Would you go back?  Sure you would, it’s like Cheers, where “Everybody knows your name!”

Today we live in a predominantly negative society.  People are in a hurry to get nowhere!  People are constantly on their cell phones.  We need to bring souls back from cyberspace and into reality!  Put down that phone!  Engage in healthy conversation and enjoy the people around you!

When you woke up this morning, whether you’re the Pope, a King, a Queen, rich or poor, God gave each one of us 24 hours.  How will you live each minute of today? Do you really want to be negative?

If each one of us would greet every person with a smile today we will have created a happier corner of our world!