Happiness can be a Rollercoaster

Happiness can be a Roller Coaster

We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have. ~ Frederick Keonig

Ahh the best laid plans.  So this weekend was supposed to be two full-pack day hikes, replicating my hike in a couple of weeks to Havasu Falls in the Grand Canyon.  Happily, the first day went really well, even under full pack my pace was really good.  It was a beautiful sunny day.

I did still manage to find a little snow, it was about a half mile and a couple of hundred feet higher than it had been two weeks ago.

Of course off in the distance there was still snow above 5500 feet.

Coming off of the mountain I even ran into a couple of hikers who had done Havasu Falls and we had a really nice conversation about shared hikes and interests.

I headed back into town and ate a really great meal, or so I thought.  Whether it was the leftover chili or the gumbo I’d just made something wasn’t right.  That’s right, I poisoned myself.  It came on hard and fast, my pulse rate went up, my blood pressure spiked and the next thing I know I was getting violently ill.  It only lasted for about an hour but it was pretty intense and I crashed out pretty hard last night.

So, today I thought I was better off taking it easy and doing some writing.  Some people might call it a bad weekend, but that’s where the choice comes in.  I could choose to focus on the bad food and the sickness and the loss of a day of hiking.  Or I could choose to focus on a really great day of hiking, the beautiful sunny days this weekend and a chance to get some writing done.  I’m choosing to call it a good weekend, because being happy is about focusing on the positive.  I hope you had a good weekend as well, if you didn’t, maybe you should take a minute and reconsider, perhaps you can decide to adjust your focus and maybe you had a happy weekend after all my friends.  ~ Rev Kane

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About revmichaelkane

Reverend Michael Kane is a writer, photographer, educator, speaker, adventurer and a general sampler of life. His most recent book about hiking and happiness is Appalachian Trail Happiness available in soft cover and Kindle on Amazon
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