When the dog bites.
When the bee stings,
When I'm feeling sad.
I simply remember my favorite things...
So Julie Andrews sings in The Sound of Music. I hate to admit it, but I've been focused on restoring Liberty for so long that I can't remember what my favorite things are. I became aware of this a year ago when I traveled to California to teach a friend how to sail. Suddenly, I was on a sailboat, on the ocean, with the salt spray in my face. That's when I realized - I was HAPPY!
What an incredible shock to my system. I found it hard to imagine that some people are happy every day. I'm not talking about a lack of pain, or a minimal amount of stress. I'm talking about joy and happiness. Perhaps winning the lottery or the euphoria of falling in love. THAT kind of happiness. That is what I am striving for this year.
My initial effort to this end was to renew my subscription to SAIL magazine. They made their periodical available to me for about the cost of postage, so it is an inexpensive indulgence. Flipping through the pages it helps me to recall many vivid memories at the helm. Most very pleasant, but some scary enough to make me wonder how I survived. Plus I have the joy of sharing those magazines with my buddy's father who taught me how to sail when I was fourteen.
I am also scheduled to join a three day camping trip with a Scout troop from Elkhart, Indiana. The Scoutmaster is none other than Sheriff Bradley Rogers who is the man who staunchly defended the Amish farmer who was selling raw milk - raising the ire of the Food and Drug Administration. I've been invited to teach the Scouts as many knots as they can learn in a single weekend. I've been a Scout, a mountain climber, and a sailor, so I love knots. It's rare for me to find anyone who shares my enthusiasm for knots. I'm excited about an opportunity to share my knowlege with Bradley's young proteges, and I anticipate several hours of happiness later this month.
I want to know what makes you happy. How do you pursue happiness? What activity bouys your spirits? When you remember your favorite things - what are you remembering?