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Daily Happiness Journal #74
26th October 2020

In this email:

  • Food for thought: That was not fair!
  • Picture of the day: Wild strawberries
  • Daily Funny: Sleeping Dinosaur
  • Daily Happiness: Splash
  • Daily Quote by Brooke Hampton
  • Writing Blog: Inspiration

    I hope this little email will uplift and encourage you to see the good things all around you. (I will post these during weekdays between Monday-Friday when I have to time to write them from my MA studies and day job)

    Food for Thought

    That was not fair!

    We went for a walk with my husband. Rain had fallen previously and the forest path around a lake was slippery. A family was walking to the opposite direction and just as they were passing us, the little boy slipped and fell.

    "Ouch!" he yelled but got up to his feet and cleaned the dirt off his trousers.

    "Why don't you ever look where you are going?" the mother asked, turning just in time to see the boy get up, and then continuing her walk.

    "That was not fair!" the boy shouted at his mother's back "Saying that is not fair! I slipped! I didn't do it on purpose! I slipped. It was not fair for you to blame me!"

    That made me think our attitude towards people we know well. Have we created such an inflexible image of them in our minds we always expect them to behave accordingly? Here the mother apparently had seen her little son do all sorts of childish things, maybe break things and get his clothes dirty (as a little boy should, really). And so she immediately reacted with the "not-again..." approach. Without even giving the son the benefit of a doubt.

    I felt sorry for the little boy, but applauded in my mind at his response. He clearly pointed out to his mother that her comment was not fair. And it wasn't. I saw him slip of the wet rocky surface and it definitely was an accident - he was walking carefully, not running. All the mother managed to do was to make her son feel unfairly treated and angry.

    I hope she said sorry, but I did not hear their conversation for long.

    Now of course each of us has moments like this. We are tired, we are stressed, and so we slash out on others sometimes without pausing to think.

    But it wouldn't do any harm to sometimes really look at someone we know and pay attention to our attitude towards them. If that attitude is negative or frustrated, maybe it is a good time to start searching for the good in that person.

      Picture of the day

      The dark and rainy autumn is outside my window so I wanted to search for a nice summer-memory. If you ever wondered why strawberries are called just that: straw + berries, here's your answer. I took this picture near our summer cottage. Wild strawberries grow at the forest edge next to a field. Nothing tastes as delicious as fresh wild strawberries. (Except wild raspberries...)

      Daily Funny
      Sleeping Dinosaur

      What do you call a dinosaur that is sleeping?

      A dino-snore!

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      Today's Happiness


      On the same walk mentioned above we saw on three occasions where a child was standing by the little lake, throwing stones into the water. One little girl was trying to keep her parents from walking further by shouting at them "Wati! Wait! I need more time!"

      It is cute and funny - why do children want to throw stones in the water (and jump in puddles)? Is it the splash? Surely someone has made an academic research on the matter...

      As I could not take photos of the children, I put here a photo of the path we were walking.


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      Daily Quote

      “Children still need a childhood with dirt, mud, puddles, trees, sticks and tadpoles.”

      ― Brooke Hampton

      Writing Blog / Inspiration

      As a child and teenager I wrote when the inspiration hit me.

      As an adult I have noticed that I don't need inspiration. Because of so many things to do, I have learned to plan my writing time in my calendar. When the time comes, I sit by my computer (or pad) and start writing. After a little while of writing the inspiration comes.

      "Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration. The rest of us just get up and go to work."

      - Stephen King

      I sell my books directly too. The ebooks are cheap to buy and the big e-stores don't share much of the price with the authors. That is why I have downloaded my books to Payhip - they don't take a commission which makes it easier for me to pay my editor, proofreader and cover designer.  

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