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Daily Happiness Journal #77
3rd November 2020

In this email:

  • Food for thought: The Gift of Water
  • Picture of the day: Red Leaves
  • Daily Funny: The price of batteries
  • Daily Happiness: Thunderbirds
  • Daily Quote by Mary Oliver
  • Writing Blog: Writing stories before I could read

    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

    The gift of water

    An old story tells of a young man who wandered in the desert. He found a spring filled with crystal clear, pure water. He filled his leather flagon with the water to bring to his teacher, the village eldest.

    After four days he reached his village again, and gave the flagon to his teacher. The teacher drank for a long while and thanked his student heartily for the water. The young man left, happy.

    Another villager tasted the same water and spat it out, saying it tasted horrible. 

    "The water was sour. Why did you pretend it was good?" he asked.

    "You only tasted the water. I tasted the gift. The water was simply a container, delivering a gift of kindness and nothing can taste sweeter than that." 

      Picture of the day
      Red Leaves

      I took this picture the other day when I left work. The red colour of these autumn leaves is breathtaking. A beutiful contrast with the grey leaf-patterned concrete wall. 

      Daily Funny
      The price of batteries

      How much did the shopkeeper sell his dead batteries for?

      Nothing, they were free of charge!

      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!). 

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      Today's Happiness


      Do you remember what your childhood favorite programs were? My childhood was spent without computers and mobile phones, together with other children of the neighborhood.

      We all loved the TV-series Thunderbirds (made in the 60's). In the winter we took our toboggans and pretended to be the Thunderbirds while scooted downhill in the snow.

      And then on TV they showed an old Thunderbird-movie. That was fun to watch - sure brought childhood memories to mind!


      What made you happy today? Send a note and tell, if you wish to share your little happy moment with others.

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      Daily Quote

      “Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.”

      ― Mary Oliver

      Writing Blog / Writing stories before I could read

      I've been writing since I was three. Which was before I could even read.

      The short version of the story is: I was walking outside at the Turku Cathedral park here in Finland. A police rode into the park - which was the first time I ever saw a horse.

      According to my mother I was already climbing halfway up the horse's leg when she caught me. She then showed me how to give the horse candy (to keep the treat in the palm of my hand so the horse wouldn't accidentally munch my fingers) and I'll forever remember how soft the horse's lips were. 

      Ever since then I have loved horses. (I wanted to take that police horse home, but mother used the excuse we had no balcony to put it on. I wasn't quite convinced.)

      And what does this have to do with writing before I could read? Well - when we got home I did not know the alphabet yet, but I wanted to tell a story about horses. So I took my crayons and drew a cartoon story of horses. It was about a young foal who had to leave its parents. I was quite convinced about my story being excellent and cried buckets because it was so sad. 

      Ever since that day I have told stories and painted. First mostly horses and other animals, later other subjects as well. 

      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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