Archives for January 4, 2019
Happiness is a state of mind. So does that mean all I have to do to be happy is to think happy thoughts? Well, if that were true, how come so many folks are less than happy? I have a friend who likes to say, “I’ve been happy and I’ve been sad. Happy is better”. I want a pound of what she is smoking. And this happiness stuff, it rubs off. Just being around a happy person seems to start a happy virus
When I am not feeling happy, what is going on? Well, some obvious stuff could be happening, like someone drove into my car, or I ran into someone’s car. Wait, someone did run into my car one day and I found myself telling her it was OK and comforting and smiling and, yeah, feeling happy anyway. I guess that somehow, on that day, I was ‘in happy’ and that was that. I just believed it wasn’t personal
Some say that I can be right or I can be happy. Is it a one or the other choice? Well, now that I think about it, often times, yes it is a choice. The simple example of a car darting in front of me to cut me off generates a bloom of, uhm, reaction. Once I notice the auto response I can then pose the question, ‘right or happy?’. Yuh, sometimes it is a choice and when I simply choose to be so, happy is my result
The key to all of this choice is that I must notice what is going on with me. If I don’t notice that I am reacting to being cut off in traffic, using an automatic habitual response, then that is the response and the associated feelings come with it. When I notice, I am sort of detached, like an Observer watching what is happening. From Observer position I can choose happiness. How often do you Observe yourself?
Eleanor Roosevelt apparently said, “no one can make you feel anything without your permission”. Now that is a thinker piece. Really? Sometimes yes, sometimes not so much. In any case, choosing happiness, whenever I can manage it, feels like a great option. Bringing happiness to the world is a help, makes the world a better place.
I want to do that whenever I can. The alternative is not helpful… to anyone.
Three items of interest from Thursday’s day long RDOS meeting in Penticton
8 conservation projects throughout the South Okanagan will soon be receiving a financial boost.
Bryn White, project manager of the South Okanagan-Similkameen Conservation Program sought approval from Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen directors for $293,000 in grants to help the programs:
Some of the new projects now approved include a $10,000 invasive plant management program in the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s South Okanagan areas
The South Okanagan Bat Habitat Conservation Project was granted $17,137 in order to protect bat habitat
Love Your Lakes will get $40,000 to educate homeowners with shorelines about preserving the ecological state of their beach and waters
Okanagan Nation Alliance gets $5,000 to help develop a plan to improve the ecological stability of a portion of Trout Creek
Fairview Heritage Townsite Society’s – Enhancement Project receives $2,000 for its planning purposes. (picture)
Story previously published on a Willowbrook property (horse training arena) – Jones Way Rd – not in compliance
Directors supported a recommendation to proceed to court for an injunction
Story previously published on DRAO (White Lake Observatory) area to be included in jurisdiction of Kaleden Fire Department and removed from budget of Willowbrook Volunteer Fire Department.
Directors also voted in favour of this recommendation from staff.