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“Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.”  Eleanor Roosevelt

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”  Mahatma Gandhi

The quote that I have chosen for today really resonates.  I completely, totally and one hundred percent agree that happiness is a by-product of your daily choices and actions.  In fact, I had to include a second quote to underscore the first quote . . . I’m a very happy person these days.  So much of my life is in harmony with who I am deep inside.  It has not always been so.  I’ve been on a journey to harmony in my life, and have seen healing and happiness in the lives of those around me as a result.  There was a time when I had division, discord, depression, unhappiness ruling my experience of life.  I am so fortunate to be in a place now where I am happy, healthy, and able to share that with the people I love.  

This photo was taken with my iPad as hubby, baby girl and I were out for a walk on a beautiful sunny Bay Area day.  I took it with an App called HDR Pro that creates the HDR right when you are taking the shot.  Thus it is a little fuzzy.  That’s Ella’s curly mop on the lower right.  

The little one was so happy to be out in the fresh air, walking, picking up sticks and playing with acorns that have fallen by buckets off the trees.  It’s one of those afternoons where everything is right with the world.  The birds are singing, the air is clean and crisp . . . and our only concern is keeping her from falling in the creek!  

Happiness.

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“I don’t believe you have to be better than everybody else.  I believe you have to be better than you ever thought you could be.”  Ken Venturi

Today is the last day of our 365 Vegas Meetup.  Most are leaving today, or have left already this morning.    My husband and I have decided to stay for a couple more days, as we would like to go back to a couple of the places we didn’t feel like we got enough time in . . . such as the Valley of Fire.  A group of us decided to get our picture taken and the Las Vegas sign at one end of the Strip.  There was quite a line up of people waiting to take pictures, as well as an Elvis personality and two Vegas Showgirls with whom you could get your photo taken if you wanted to pay them for it.  We ended up standing in the lineup for quite some time waiting for all of our people to show up.  I took this shot of Frank (a fellow 365’er) as we waited.  I was so pleasantly surprised when I opened this up on my computer to see this amazing sunburst and the great reflection in his glasses!  Score!  He kind of reminds me of one of those Secret Agent types in this shot.  Or a movie star!  

I also love the quote I found for today that seems to totally fit the mood of this photo.  Be the absolute best that you can be and you will shine beyond measure.  You can certainly use what others have done to inspire and motivate, but don’t compete with others to be the best of the best . . . compete against yourself.    Your beautiful aura will then leave a positive impact on everyone who passes through your experience of life.  And YOU are the only one who can make it  happen . . . GO FOR IT!

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“I keep telling you the future isn’t set in stone. It’s not all decided yet. The future is just what’s down the road we decided to walk on today. You can change roads anytime. And that changes where you end up.” Catherine Ryan Hyde, Chasing Windmills

Yup – that’s right – we each have choice.  Choice in every step we take in life.  Every move, every action, every reaction . . . go look in the mirror.  Yup – you are in control.  Many believe that God is in control, or Allah, or some other perceived force.  We all have a belief system, some “thing” that justifies or motivates us, or provides the boundaries we need to function in life.  Personally, I believe that no matter who or what I believe in, I am the source of my results .  . . and when it’s not working out the way I wanted or envisioned – then it’s up to me to make the appropriate changes  to get the results I say I want.  

I took this shot out the window of my car as we were driving through the Altamont Pass.  The shadow on the left is my hand.

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