Happiness is Poetry: Warsan Shire, again

Happiness is Poetry: Warsan Shire

My alone feels so good, I’ll only have you if you’re sweeter than my solitude. ~ Warsan Shire

Warsan Shire

Warsan Shire

I love her stuff so much I figured I’d giver her a second day, enjoy my friends and have a happy day ~ Rev Kane

Snow

My father was a drunk.  He married my mother
the month he came back from Russia
with whiskey in his blood.
On their wedding night he whispered
into her ears about jet planes and snow.
He said the word in Russian;
My mother blinked back tears and spread her palms
across his shoulder blades like the wings
of a plane. Later, breathless, he laid his head
on her thigh and touched her,
brought back two fingers glistening,
showed her from her own body
what the color of snow was closest to.

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Three Questions and some thoughts from Anza-Borrego State Park

Three Questions and some thoughts from Anza-Borrego State Park

happinessWhat is the purpose of the giant sequoia tree? The purpose of the giant sequoia tree is to provide shade for the tiny titmouse. ~ Edward Abbey

As many of you know I’ve quit my job, sold my house and am traveling across the United States towards my appointed start date of February 26th to do a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail (AT) from Springer Mountain, GA to Mount Katahdin, ME (2189 miles). ~ Rev Kane

So I camped for several days in Anza-Borrego and it was good practice for my three questions exercise I’ll be doing on the Appalachian Trail, so here we go:

12/23

The most beautiful thing I saw today was my first ever desert oasis

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What made me happy today was just the pure joy of being outside on an 80 degree winter day, really should have been hiking in shorts today!

What I learned today was to be more careful on descents with tricky footing, the trail was covered in cantaloupe sized rocks, easy to land wrong and tweek an ankle or a knee, both of which I did today.

12/24

The most beautiful thing I saw today was the smile I got from a beautiful woman when we passed each other on the trail today.

What made me happy today was talking to my mom and hearing her sound clear and strong after being in the hospital for a couple of days

What I learned today was that when my batteries are dying on my boombox losing FM is the first sign.

12/25

The most beautiful thing I saw today was the view over the valley from the top of the hike I did today.

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What made me happy today was a lot, a great hike, talking to family, seeing two bighorn sheep on a ridgeline, all in all a really happy day.

I’m sure I learned something today but it escapes me.

My thoughts after the hike on the 25th from my journal:

Today I felt a bit like Edward Abbey as I spent five hours on the trail in the desert alone with nothing but the aloe plants, the ocotillo, little lizards scrambling away and big horn sheep fleeing over the ridge line. Out there like that I feel more alive than at any other time. You cease to be out in nature, an observer, and you start to integrate and feel part of the landscape around you. Most likely it’s coincidence but whenever this mode kicks in I always seem to see more wildlife. Perhaps the lack of otherness makes them a little more comfortable with you in their environment. There was an absolute sense of joy dancing down the slope, rock hopping with 40 pounds on my back beginning, just beginning to feel like a thru-hiker. Bliss!

On the road again, several days of driving, have a happy day my friends ~ Rev Kane

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Finding Happiness in Patience & Subtlety

Finding Happiness in Patience & Subtlety

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Chinese character for patience

 

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be~ Lao Tzu

Many years ago I started studying Tai Chi and Chi Qong with an instructor in Sacramento.  It was a stressful time in my life and I started doing Tai Chi as a way of forcing myself out of the office and as a method of relaxation.  I did well with learning the basic forms and movements of the style and the class did have the desired effect of helping me relax.  The side benefit of studying Tai Chi was the beginning of starting to look at things from an Eastern perspective.  There were two very important things that we addressed early on in our class, the first being pace.  We discussed the impatience of Western society and in particular the United States.  The first move we learned we practiced for two nights and the class was impatient, myself included, to move on to the next move.  Our instructor laughed at us, when he was studying in China they practiced this same first move for two months before moving on to the second.

The second topic we studied was the idea of cultivating subtle energies and recognizing the subtle in our lives.  This is another area in which our culture is very different from the East, our lives are not about the subtle in the United States.  For me in particular this topic hits home, I’m not subtle, I hit life straight on and I don’t do it quietly or subtly.  Maybe this is part of my heritage, my upbringing, hell maybe it’s genetic coming from Irish and Italian roots.  Either way, noticing and cultivating the subtle is something I personally work on.

Finding Subtlety

In our life here in America we do not live subtly.  Those of us in cities deal daily and constantly with a high level of noise and distraction, we move quickly from appointment to appointment, we eat fast food, we drive fast and we live fast.  A local news station is currently advertising by using a woman who talks about not having thirty minutes for the news which is why she loves that they give all of the important news and weather in the first eight minutes.  Really, we can’t spare thirty minutes a day to know what’s happening in the world?

Noticing and cultivating the subtle is not just simply about slowing down or smelling the roses it is about truly settling.  Settling means coming to a full stop, like a quiet and calm pool of water where the water is so calm that all particles are allowed to sink to the bottom leaving the water clear and still.  This is the meditation I practice at night, trying to bring peace and clarity to notice the subtle in my life.

We have talked a lot here at the Ministry of Happiness about the big things, the not so subtle things we can do to be happy.  Today I ask you to consider settling to find peace and clarity so that you can see clearly, notice the subtle beauty in your life and find happiness.  Have a great and happy day my friends. ~ Rev Kane

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Simplest Formula for Happiness

Simplest Formula for Happiness

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 The most simple things can bring the greatest happiness                                        ~ Izabella Scorupco

We of course talk a lot about it, this is The Ministry of Happiness after all. I try in these posts to help us all delve into the depths of the elements of our lives that can help us bring happiness into our lives. Occasionally however, it’s good to return to the core ideas, to the simplest things that we can do to bring ourselves happiness. I do a lot of reading about happiness and these ideas seem to be at the absolute core of whatever everyone agrees are the things we can control in terms of our own happiness.

There are of course things we can’t control, our very genetic makeup which can control how easily or deeply we can become depressed. Our circumstances at birth and in our early life are also out of our control and experts typically say that these things account for about 60% of our happiness. But we control about 40% and the following things are primarily how we do that.

 

Relationships

Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home… it’s your responsibility to love it, or change it. ~ Chuck Palahniuk

Who we spend time with has a tremendous impact on our happiness, we have talked about this many times before and I understand how hard it is to push people out of your circle who diminish your happiness but you must do this whenever possible. We often underestimate how possible it is for us to do this. So whenever possible surround yourself with happy, supportive and caring people who truly care for you.

 

Gratitude

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

I had a great reminder of this today in talking with my 89-year-old Granny, after gently complaining about some things she stopped and said, I count my blessings, I’ve probably had more than I deserve in this life. Beautiful wisdom there and what she said probably goes for most of us, if we count our blessings, if we are grateful for what we have and were to tally it up, I think we’d all find we have far more than we deserve. Being grateful does many things for us it solidifies and strengthens are relationships and research also shows us that it can be healthy for us helping to reduce stress.

 

Mindfulness

Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.                 ~ Mother Teresa

One of the absolute best things we can do to make ourselves happier is to become more present in our lives, more mindful. To focus intently upon the here and now, the person or people immediately in front of us makes all of our experiences and interactions richer. This also helps us be more grateful for our lives, allows us to be focused and less distracted.

 

Kindness and Giving

A warm smile is the universal language of kindness ~ William Arther Ward

We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give                                       ~ Winston Churchill

When we are kind to others, help others, it makes us happier, maybe in that sense it’s not a purely selfish act, but if you can help others and by doing so help yourself I’d say that’s a pretty good deal. There are formal and larger ways to help people but I think sometimes the smaller acts are equally as powerful. One little thing I do at the college I work at is to occasionally buy a student lunch. Usually I do this when I’m in line at the cafeteria and someone comes up a little short, or their credit card is working or for some reason it just seems like they are having a tough day. Doing it makes me feel good and always really surprises the students, a little kindness and giving goes a long way. One of the easiest ways to be kind to people is to just smile at them, it will confuse some people, but a smile as we’ve talked about before, makes people feel good.

 

Purpose

Every person has a longing to be significant; to make a contribution; to be a part of something noble and purposeful. ~ John C. Maxwell

This may be the most important and hardest component of being happy. Finding a purpose in life is hugely important to making us feel like our life is worth something and that we are worthy of happiness. Some people find this purpose in love and marriage, others in their children, but one place where many of us struggle is in our work. For many of us we work at the job we are at because we have to, we all have bills to pay, mouths to feed. But is important to our self-worth and therefore our happiness that we find that purpose if not purely in our job, at least in some component of what we do for a living.

So my friends find those great relationships, count our blessings, be mindful of each precious moment of our life, be kind and giving and lead a purpose driven life.  In return you may find yourself having many happy days ~ Rev Kane

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Great Hikes & Treks

Great Hikes & Treks

happiness, appalachian trailA vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world.                 ~Paul Dudley White

Shorter Hikes (Under 100 miles)

Rim to Rim Grand Canyon (United States)

Western Highland & Great Glenn Way (Scotland)
– I’ve done the Great Glenn portion of this, not challenging and very scenic

Tonquin Valley Trail (Alberta, Canada)

 

happiness, everestMid-Level Hikes (100+ miles and/or major elevation)

Base Camp Mount Everest (Nepal) – I’ve personally done this trek with Kamzang, the photos are from the trek.

Sierra High Route (United States)

Inca Trail (Peru)

Petra Trail (Jordan)

happiness, everestBig Ones (Long Distance Mileage and/or Elevation)

Appalachian Trail (United States) – I did a thousand miles last summer, absolutely magnificent.

Pacific Coast Trail (United States)

Continental Divide Trail (United States)

Kungsleden, The King’s Trail (Sweden)

Snowman Trek (Bhutan)

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My Polar Bear Adventure

 

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Overcoming Worry

Overcoming Worry

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People get so in the habit of worry that if you save them from drowning and put them on a bank to dry in the sun with hot chocolate and muffins they wonder whether they are catching cold. ~ John Jay Chapman

The holidays are a very stressful time for everyone and an exceptionally hard time for some.  So, until the New Year I’ll be posting a Holiday Happiness post each day to try help folks out who are struggling.  As always you can reach out to me at Happinesskane@aol.com for a kind word or someone to listen. ~ Rev Kane

fix flowersI sometimes think that worry is the number one thing that keeps people from being happy.  We spend so much time worrying about what other people think, did I make the right decision, what might happen next?  Most worry is a total and complete waste of time, what others think rarely truly matters, once a decision is made whether it was right or not is irrelevant you just have to deal with the consequences of the decision you made, and finally worrying about what might happen, well that’s an infinite well you’ll never get out of and still be happy.  So tonight a tour around the web to find you some resources and advice on how to worry less.  I’m starting with a quote I really like, give then a read and have a happy day my friends ~ Rev Kane

1When you begin to worry, go find something to do. Get busy being a blessing to someone; do something fruitful. Talking about your problem or sitting alone, thinking about it, does no good; it serves only to make you miserable. Above all else, remember that worrying is totally useless. Worrying will not solve your problem. ~ Joyce Meyer

How to Stop Worrying – This is a fantastic piece that focuses on six steps:

  1. Creating a worry period
  2. Ask yourself if the problem is solvable
  3. Learn to accept uncertainty
  4. Challenge anxious thoughts
  5. Be aware of how others affect you
  6. Practice Mindfulness

I normally posts several resources when I do my resource posts but tonight I’m just going with the one because it’s spot on.  The trick is, like with anything else, you have to work at making change.  The full article goes into detail about why you worry and how to actively work at each of the six steps above.  Practicing mindfulness is one that many people might not be familiar with so here are a couple of links related to that.

imagesWhat is Mindfulness – A very nice explanation to what the term means.

The Mindfulness Guide – As always the blog, Zen Habits hits the nail on the head with a simple guide to how to incorporate mindfulness into busy life.

Mindfulness is Daily Activities – Some interesting and simple ways to be more mindful about things you do everyday

 

Other pieces you might enjoy!

Worry the enemy of happiness

Happiness, worry & the Dalai Lama’s thoughts

Deng Ming-Dao on Worry

A mindfulness day as a way to happiness

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Happiness Resources: On Contentment

Happiness Resources: On Contentment

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough ~ Oprah Winfrey

happiness contentmentToday a quick tour around the web for resources on contentment, nothing like a deep breath, a little contentment, and a happy day my friends                ~ Rev Kane

From Zen Habits, The Incredible Power of Contentment

How to be Happy: Tips for Cultivating Contentment

5 Simple Actions for Pure Peace and Contentment

The unmistakable benefits of contentment and how to achieve it.

A surprising way to cultivate contentment

 

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Are you ready for your Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike

Are you ready for your Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike

hiking, walking, happinessYou need special shoes for hiking — and a bit of a special soul as well.
~ Terri Guillemets

So you want to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail?

First off, congratulations and good luck.  As I have written many times, if all you do is to fully prepare for the trail and make it three days to Mountain Crossings, you’ve done a bigger adventure than most other people will do in their entire lives.  Given that reality, the first thing I will tell you to do is relax and stop feeling any pressure about your hike, what you’re about to do will be amazing in ways you can’t even imagine.  So let’s get into.

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White Blazes make me happy

How should you prepare for your Appalachian Thru-hike?

The annoying and very true answer to how to prepare for a thru-hike really is to hike.  There’s no exercise that does a good job of preparing you for the combined walking stresses and weight carrying that you’ll be doing.  Unfortunately, pre-hike, few people are ever really able to go out and hike everyday with a full pack on.

So what’s the most sensible way to get ready, first, don’t do what I did for my thru-hike attempt in 2015, sit on your ass for six weeks pre-hike.  Unfortunately I had a sick family member and needed to take care of them.  So what should you do?  For most folks the answer is going to be the gym during the week and hopefully hike (weather permitting} on the weekends.  Obviously we’re talking about doing a lot of cardio, but don’t forget to work on strengthening your quads, those muscles protect your knees.  Also, some work on your glutes and hip adductors is not a bad  idea.  One thing I learned after my hike was that if you pedal backwards on the elliptical you actually hit all the muscles in your legs you activate on downhills.  This is great because most of us don’t have steep downhills to workout on, or don’t want to look like a total dork walking up and down the same hill in the local park.

So I recommend working out four days a week, heavy cardio (treadmill, stair master) including doing some reverse time on the elliptical.  Also, doing  quad, glute and hip adductor exercises twice a week, and you don’t have to go nuts, an hour a night consistently pre-hike will help get you ready.  Then on the weekends, if you can, do a 7-10 mile hike with your pack on.  If not, do a long session in the gym with the goal not of going hard but going long.  Spend a couple of hours alternating between the treadmill, elliptical and the stair master.  You’re trying to get your body used to going for a long time, trust me, on the trail, you’re going to end up going slower than you believe you will pre-hike.

I remember before my hike looking at people doing 8-10 mile a day averages and thinking how lame.  I was sure I’d end up averaging 12-15 miles per day.  Sure, I expected some short days in the beginning but c’mon.  Well, my hike, pre and post injury, ended up lasting 100 days  and I did 1002 miles, almost exactly 10 miles a day.  Now, that included days where I did over 20 miles and a lot of days early on where I did 10 or less.

The most important thing about training physically for the hike is to do something consistently almost every day.  You’re training for endurance, not for speed and that first day, no matter what you will do, will make you feel like you didn’t do enough.  That’s ok, that’s how everybody feels.

Finally, test hikes, if at all possible get out and do some test hikes, a couple of overnighters at least or better yet a couple of 3 day/2 night hikes.  If you can’t at least fill your pack, take it out into the back yard a few nights, set camp, eat trail food and sleep outside.  This will give you and idea of how well things will work, and after a few times, that thing you never used at all, leave it home.

Rev Kane on his first day on the Appalachian Trail

What’s a thru-hike really like?

There’s an old tag line for the Peace Corps, “the toughest job you’ll ever love.”  That’s what a thru-hike on the AT is like.  It’s amazing, the people are fantastic, the AT trail community is the best I’ve ever encountered.  It will be physically hard as hell, hiking through Georgia in the late-winter, early spring is just plain hard.  Wet, slippery, rocky and root filled  trails, shitty weather, you’ll be wet a lot of the time no matter how good your gear is that you’re using.  It can be really cold as well and when it’s super cold and wet you just need to embrace the suck, put your head down and push on.

The best book out there in my opinion to give you a nice picture of what a full thru-hike to Maine is like is AWOL on the Appalachian Trail.  Yes, the same AWOL who writes the trail guide you should be carrying, he’s a great guy, his book is a good read and gives you a good picture of what it’s like.  There  are tons of good trail books but AWOL’s book does the best job of hitting the day-to-day reality of the trail.  I’m also completely biased in thinking my book,  Appalachian Trail Happiness does a good job of this as well, with a little more discussion of trail characters and the community.  Read them both, you won’t be sorry.

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Rev Kane on the Appalachian Trail at the Tennessee border.

What should you carry on your hike?

I’ll link out to my Appalachian Trail Resource Page and let you look at some of the gear lists out there.  Of course, pack size, what you carry will always be an individual decision but here are some good basic rules.  First, even with your winter bag, your pack should never exceed 45 pounds.  Now, I knew a guy who carried 70 pounds and finished, but I wouldn’t go that route.  If your bag is over 45 pounds, shake that bad boy down again and again.

Ok, so you packed your pack and it’s like mine was, 52 pounds, now what.  First, you have too much food.  You are really only doing a series of three-day hikes, yes, you’ll be hungry at times like you’ve never ever been before.   However, towns are accessible, especially early on, everyone is carrying too much food, hikers are awesome and will share and you can make it up to them in town.  Cut down on how much food you’re carrying and get rid of things that aren’t dehydrated or have high calorie/weight ratios.

Do you really need a zero degree sleeping bag?  I sleep hot, so I brought a 15 degree bag to use in my hammock with no under quilt.   The first night it dropped well below freezing and I sweat my ass off, which is a really bad thing.  Until I was able to swap it out for my 32 degree back I used it like a blanket and carried too much weight  for what  I was getting out of it.  Now, I sleep hot, for you a 15 degree bag might be what you need.  This is where test hikes really can help you figure things out.

You don’t need redundancy!  This was one place I really struggled.  I’m that guy who has a headlamp and a flashlight, two knives, extra socks, my rain jacket and a poncho.  I started out on the trail with two lighters.  What’s wrong with that? Well considering I don’t smoke and my Jet Boil has a striker on it I didn’t even need one lighter, much less two.  I know, people like me right now are like no, I’m carrying at least one.  I get it, but you don’t need it.  Worst case, you’re cookpot striker stops working.  Early on the trail there are plenty of people around, you can burrow a lighter, or use the matches you also brought, which is a good idea, good alternative and light weight.

Shakedown your pack, again and again and again, every single time get rid of stuff.  Ask someone else to shake down your pack.  You can do this virtually by laying  out the whole pack, taking some close up pictures and sending them to someone, hell, send them to me happinesskane@aol.com and have that person make suggestions.

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Overmountain Shelter on the Appalachian Trail

What should you eat on your thru-hike?

More than anything else on the trail this is a massive individual decision  and you can link to a deeper dive on this issue for a piece on Appalachian Trail Food Resources.  For example, I don’t like to cook in the morning, I like to get up, pack up and get walking, I’m not a morning person.  So in the mornings I needed something quick, high calorie that I’d be excited about eating.  So for me, when it was cold, little chocolate donuts were absolutely perfect.  When it warmed up powdered donuts and pop tarts worked.  Not the healthiest breakfast but it worked for me.  Other folks made oatmeal, or did dehydrated breakfast foods, etc…

For lunch, tortillas with all manner of fillers was really common.  Of course there was no set lunch for most of us, you eat when you’re hungry.

At camp at night, I almost exclusively ate dehydrated meals like Mountain House, of course I didn’t have a real restrictive budget.  Knorr pasta sides were popular, summer sausage, ets…

For snacks everything you can imagine was on the menu, as long as the calorie to weight ratio was pretty good.

Eventually, you get tired of the same things over and over and people get creative, even at times sacrificing the weight to calorie ratio if it got you excited about it, it was about this point when the babyfood squeezers start to show up on the trail.

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Appalachian Trail Happiness

What kind of schedule should I keep?

NONE!  Look I realize some people have really limited time, but most people aren’t in a bind for time.  So my advice to you is forget about pace, just do what is comfortable and works, this is one of those times when you really have to understand the journey is at least as important as the final destination.  We had great fun  at times reading Second Star’s trail guide, she’d mapped out each day all the way to Maine, needless to say, she was way off schedule and that was just fine.  I realize it’s a bit counter intuitive but worry about having good days, worry about staying healthy and taking care of your body and Maine will take care of itself.

What is the hardest part of thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail?

For most people believe it or not, the hardest part of the a thru-hike is the psychological aspect.  It’s incredibly physically hard, sure, but you were mentally ready for that.  Plus, your body starts adapting to what you’re doing.  But most of us don’t do a great job preparing mentally for a thru-hike.  There’s a great book, Appalachian Trials, that really talks about this aspect of doing a thru-hike including some exercises and ways to cope.  On the trail I watched a lot of people struggle with being away from partners, spouses and kids, if you’re leaving someone behind, get yourself ready for the separation and prepare a plan on how to deal with it.

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Warner Hill

What if I decide to quit?

Quitting the Appalachian Trail can be a torturous decision for folks.  It’s really hard to give up on something you’ve likely been dreaming about for years, decades, maybe your whole life.  I  wrote a piece called Quitting the Appalachian Trail that I think addresses the issue really well.

What’s it like finishing the AT?

Unfortunately on this point I have no experience.  I’ve got around 1100 miles done, I bunched my first 1000 on my thru-hike attempt in 2015.  I’ve done some extra since then but I will need to either keep section hiking or take another big chunk off someday in the future.  But what I can say is do a Google image search for AT Kathadin and look at the faces of the people posing at the end of their thru-hike, I think  you’ll get a sense of the joy.

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A magical spot on the Appalachian Trail

How do I  prevent the post hike blues?

No matter whether you finish, quit or are forced to get off the trail, returning to regular (default) life can be a huge letdown after being on the trail.  You have lost your trail family, the greater AT community, your daily well-defined purpose, that can all really gang up on you and tank your mood.  My piece on Post-trail Depression, talks in detail about the feelings and gives some techniques for effectively dealing with them.

Above all, be excited, enjoy your time on the trail, I’m jealous, I wish I was going with you.  Have a happy day my friends. ~ Rev Kane

 

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Happiness in unexpected moments

It’s Monday and man it really is a Monday, I got to sleep late last night.  You see I did something silly, I’m moving houses and not cooking much and I yielded to temptation and at dinner had a Coke.  I’ve been pretty much off caffeine for a couple of weeks so a nice full turbo Coke at dinner time, packing boxes and too much on my mind and suddenly it’s way past midnight and I’m not asleep.

So I leap into Monday and running around, the typical thing in my job, putting out fires, dealing with people being ridiculously silly, people lying, etc…. Then as I’m passing through one of our buildings I bumped into a colleague with her little niece and nephew, 2 and 4, being shown around the museum.  I stopped over and said hi, they were really cute kids, when suddenly her little niece makes the universal child symbol for pick me up, arms extended up high.  So I put my arms out and boom she’s in my arms and for a minute we’re looking at the animals in the museum.  Her aunt says to her mom, wow she never does that.  I had to give her back, had places to go but just that little moment of connection with that little one made the whole day better.

So my challenge to you my friends, give someone that moment tomorrow, spread a little happiness and as always, have a happy day my friends ~ Rev Kane

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A Happy Alternate to the Super Bowl

A Happy Alternate to the Super Bowl

sunset, beach, photographyI feel extraordinarily peaceful when I watch the sun set. ~ Kiefer Sutherland

So maybe you’re not so into the Superbowl.  Maybe you’re a baseball fan, maybe you hate the Patriots, maybe you’re just not into sports.  No matter what the reason I decided tonight to post up a little tranquility, some nice pictures and some links to some of the longer reads about my adventures to give you something to do a little reading.

First, a video of gentle waves and the setting sun.

 

Next, some beach sunset photos.

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Finally links to some of my adventures.

My Polar Bear Adventure

My Scottish Hike

My Everest Hike

 

Have a happy day and enjoy my friends. ~ Rev Kane

 

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