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Daily Happiness Journal #71 October 19th 2020
15th October 2020

In this email:

  • Food for thought: Everybody is talented
  • Picture of the day: Silver Egyptian Mau
  • Daily Funny: When the Moon is Broke
  • Daily Happiness: Amazing sunset
  • Daily Quote by Paolo Coelho
  • Writing Blog: Music as 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

    Everybody is talented

    Everybody is talented because everybody who is human has something to express.

    - Brenda Ueland

    The other day in social media I posted a picture of a cat painting I had painted years back. Someone sighed in the comments he hated people who had many talents (we are friends so he was not really hating anyone, just being frustrated). Which got me thinking about how we perceive talents.

    It seems most people think a talent is something to do with traditional creativity. Music, dance, painting, writing... Or academic talent like acing in math or remembering every damn year in history books by heart. 

    And if a person cannot sing, has no sense of rhythm, can't draw a stick figure let alone write a novel, calculate percentages in their head or tell you when Charlemagne was born, they think they have no talent.

    Well. Actually such talents are only a small part of a much wider spectrum of talents.

    It is a talent to be able to lift someone's spirits. 

    It is a talent to be organised. 

    It is a talent to get along well with children. 

    It is a talent to understand animals. 

    It is a talent to be able to cook delicious dinners. 

    Being good at customer service when every conceivable personality contacts you is an enviable talent. 

    It is definitely a talent to keep a household running without life turning into too much of a chaos. 

    So even if you don't sing, write, dance or be a chess master, don't you ever think you don't have a talent. You do. Think what you love to do - probably your talent is hidden / in plain sight right there. 

      Picture of the day
      Silver Egyptian Mau

      This is a gouache painting I painted of a silver Egyptian Mau (this is the picture I am talking about in Food for Thought). The cat's name is Qetesh and he is a beloved pet.

      Egyptian Mau is the oldest cat breed in the world. I wrote articles about the breed at my cat-breeds-info.com -page.

      Daily Funny
      When the Moon is Broke

      "How do you know the moon is broke?"

      "When it is down to its last quarter."



      Do you have a funny story you would like to see published in this letter? An event, what someone said? If so, send me your funny story in an email 

      (I especially love the funny things children say!). 

      My email  for this is daily email is

      happinessjournal@yahoo.com

      Today's Happiness

      Amazing Sunset

      This sunset happened on September 2nd this year. I swear I have never seen the like of it. The clouds were like waves in the sky, and the setting sun coloured them bright red and orange. It was absolutely breathtaking - I took this picture from the living room window. 

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      Daily Quote

      “Don't forget - beautiful sunsets need cloudy skies.”

      ― Paolo Coelho




      Writing Blog / Music as Inspiration

      I often listen to music while write. When doing research I often listen to classical music. And when I write the novels, I choose the music that fits the scene. I like Enya, and the music from the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit, to name a few. If I really need to concentrate (as in editing and proofreading), nature sounds are the thing. Birdsong, rain, babbling brook...

      Music blocks off the over-analytical mind and lets my imagination flow freely.

      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.  

      Leenasbooks on Payhip
      More about my books - click to read
      Leenasbooks / Leena Maria

      www.leenasbooks.com

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