A trip to my happy place

The news has been depressing: Impeachment Hearings for President Trump, California wildfires, and a school shooting seemingly every few weeks to name a few. You try to keep your head up, keep positive thoughts, and go about your own business, but it can be challenging.

hug-2054837_640.jpgTo help in that area, I like to find my way back to my happy place. It takes some effort, but I try to get back there as much as I can. I know I can’t stay there long, but my happy place helps remind me what’s important and what “amounts to a hill of beans.” In short, what does and doesn’t matter.

Here’s a few things that help:

–My son’s laugh. My son is adult now on his own and in the Marine Corps, but when he get a chance to talk to him on the phone and he laughs, it comes out like a childish, little giggle. He could be laughing at me and something he pulled on me in the distant past or simply a joke that he heard, but it comes out like a wonderful surprise from nowhere, like a rainbow on rainy day.

–My daughter’s smile. She lives more than 3,000 miles away, but when you look down and see a picture of her smiling a beautiful, radiant smile and you wonder why you were ever down in the first place. The smile has a way of lifting you up and making you feel that good things are right around the corner.

hiking-3775075_640–My youngest son’s way of breaking down a problem. I survived Physics. I even survived Chemistry and Calculus by the skin of my teeth. I’ve had great teachers and I’ve had horrible teachers, who should have never been put in front of a bunch of students, but I’ve never had anyone explain how a cell forms the way my son described it to my my wife and I the other day. I could care less about cells. I normally glaze over tuning into something like that, but not this time. He got into his description and explained it in a way that I had never heard it explained before. For once in my life, I understood. I’m not sure what’s in his future, but I know one thing, he cares about his education and learning and that’s not a bad thing.

–My wife’s steadfast belief in the good in people.

I reflect on a few of my favorite additional things and, in no time, I’m back. I’m full of strength and vigor and ready to tackle all that is right and good in the world. When you have a gang like that in your corner, it’s hard not to be see the good in others and the future.

I’m happy. How about you?

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