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Daily Happiness Journal #75
27th October 2020

In this email:

  • Food for thought: Risks must be taken 
  • Picture of the day: Colourful cactuses
  • Daily Funny: Fast, loud and crunchy
  • Daily Happiness: Paavo
  • Daily Quote by Jim Rohn
  • Writing Blog: Paying attention to the world

    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

    Risks must be taken

    "To laugh is to risk appearing a fool,
    To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.

    To reach out to another is to risk involvement,
    To expose feelings is to risk exposing
    your true self.

    To place your ideas and dreams
    before a crowd is to risk their loss.

    To love is to risk not being loved in return,
    To hope is to risk despair,
    To try is to risk to failure.

    But risks must be taken because
    the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.

    The person who risks nothing, does nothing,
    has nothing is nothing.

    He may avoid suffering and sorrow,
    But he cannot learn, feel, change, grow or live.

    Chained by his servitude he is a slave
    who has forfeited all freedom.

    Only a person who risks is free."


    - William Arthur Ward

      Picture of the day
      Colourful cactuses

      We went to a garden store and they had this huge table filled with cactuses in bloom. Gosh what an explosion of colour! Had to take a photo.

      Daily Funny
      Fast, loud and crunchy

      What is fast, loud and crunchy?


      A rocket chip!

      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

      Paavo

      This is our neighbour's 9-month-old Portugese water dog Paavo. This breed is rather reserved and so Paavo's human mom asked all the neighbours to come and meet Paavo when they were walking outside.

      So we did. Paavo observed us all for a while but accepted us in his quiet reserved manner. 

      Some months went by and I did not meet Paavo. Then one day I saw him again. He was at some distance but I called him by his name and he turned and walked straight to me. His mom was surprised. Apparently Paavo did not usually do that. So it seems I had made a good impression on this canine gentleman in the past.

      It sure made me happy.

      ***

      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

      "If you are not willing to risk the unusual,

      you will have to settle for the ordinary."

      - Jim Rohn




      Writing Blog / Paying attention to the world

      "A writer, I think, is someone who pays attention to the world."

      - Susan Sontag

      If you are a writer, take notes of the world. Observe things in your life and write / dictate them down for later use.

      What does the snow look like on a roof? How does the earth smell in the autumn? How does your body feel after a jog? What does the old coffee machine sound like? What are the sounds like in the street?

      Dictating may be easy outdoors - use your cell phone. Then write your dictations down / transcribe them. And then place these into folders. I use Dabblewriter and Scrivener and it is easy to create folders and subfolders there, in the same platform you use for writing your stories, so they are easy to access.

      Under cities you may have houses, streets, people, traffic...

      Under nature you could have trees, fields, animals, water...

      Under people you could have men, women, children, angry, joyful, people of different cultures...

      And then, when you write your stories (often when you have written your first draft and start the editing process) you may find great stuff here to insert into your stories. Don't overdo it with details, but add some to give food to your reader's imagination. Hint, and let them imagine the rest, and they will love your story.

      This picture of a notebook is from Pixabay (by Engin_Agyurt)

      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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