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A Journey Through Happiness

One Step at a Time

Why I Do What I Do
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I've had a couple of people mention, in various places, that I post "a lot of positive stuff" online. Some people have been complimentary and a couple have been snarky in a friendly way about it. It's obviously true, but I don't think a lot of people understand why I post what I do here.

I'm a big believer that any individual has the ability to affect the entire world. Now, most people, when they think about what the "entire world" means, imagine one person affecting millions of people in a short amount of time. There are definitely people who have that power, but there aren't a lot of them. This, generally, leads most people to disbelieve that one person can affect the entire world in any way, shape, or form.

I, on the other hand, see things differently. I see the "entire world" as all of the people in the world constantly interacting with other people around them. I believe that because that's exactly what happens whenever I do anything. All of the choices I make affect "the entire world" because once I do something, I interact with our world. Once I interact with our world, the world has to react to what I've done. I am affecting our world by existing and living my life. The final thing I will personally do to affect our world is die. However, what I have done during my life will still affect the world because I will have caused things to happen in the lives of the people I interacted with while I was alive. It's pretty logical which is why I'm surprised more people don't think this way.

"But, Drew," you might ask, "you're just talking about affecting the people around you. That's not affecting the entire world."

Actually, yes it does. Because the people who interact with me when I do something will always react to what I've done. That will cause the people that interact with them to react to their reaction to what I've done. It's a ripple effect that expands to include more people all the time. Now, these things aren't always really huge events or important situations. But, stop and consider how many people get affected if I'm driving on a busy highway at rush hour and I rear-end the car in front of me. That affects A LOT of people in a very physical way.

The stuff I share on here works in the same way, just on a different level. If I can improve someone's day on here, then they'll, hopefully, be in a better mood and that will lead to more positive interactions for that person. That causes a ripple effect just as influential as the car accident I spoke about in the last paragraph. It's just not as obvious because it's not easily measured or seen.

In other words, I'm doing what I can to "be the change I want to see in the world". Because that's the world that I want to live in.

When All Else Fails, Meme
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1. Tell me one thing you love about me.

2. Tell me two things you love about yourself. Make it good. No self-deprecation allowed!

3. Look through the comments ~ when you see someone you know, tell them three things you love about them.

4. Do this in your journal so I can tell you what I love about YOU - and if you've already done it, tell me so, so that I can go back and give you some love. (Optional, of course.)

(Thanks to mac_arthur_park for this one.)

Whole Lotta Shiftin' Goin' On
When I told people, "This is going to be an interesting year" a couple of months ago, I didn't realize that things were going to shift around so quickly! Lots of things have happened, so I'll throw this down in a list:

1) My dog, Erik, had hernia surgery recently. He's doing fine, although he's rather impatient to get out of his Megaphone of Shame (it's the largest head cone we could find in the store. Did I mention that he's only 9 months old?).

2) I'm back to being the only analyst on my contract at work for the second time this year. I did get an award last month, which was really nice, but I'm doing the work of about 2.5 people right now and I will be for until they can hire another analyst. I'm going to have done that for at least six months, if not longer, so it's definitely something I'm going to bring up during my annual review.

3) My responsibilities at work are changing because my project manager is trying to do more things that he's supposed to be doing himself. So, I'll get more responsibilities, more interaction with the client, and a bunch of experience that I haven't had yet. This is also something I'm going to bring up regarding my annual review because I want to be paid for the work that I'm doing.

4) I also am, apparently, ganging up with a co-worker on my contract to turn our contract into a flagship for the company regarding frameworks and processes. It's something that my company is looking to improve and both of us know what we're doing. It's going to take a bunch of work, but once we get it done it'll make things a boatload easier for everyone involved.

5) I definitely want to focus more on spending time with people, including my family. The trickiest thing to figure out is how to handle my dog for long trips. We're going to have to work more with him on crate training to make it happen, but he might have some separation anxiety, so we'll have to sort that out too.

6) I'm working on organizing my house. There has to be better ways of doing things than what we're currently doing. Ugh.

7) I'm also looking into doing music and maybe some online stuff as well. The catch there is I have to make time for it, learn stuff, and stick with it. Easier said than done right now because of the level of effort work takes, but we'll see how it goes.

That's it in a nutshell, but that's all I can roll with right now. I hope you guys are doing well!

Questions #1
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From miintikwa:
What do you want to do, job wise, that you haven't?

The top three things at the moment are work with social media, work for a gaming company, and work for a sports team.

From mornblade:

What do you like best about Florida?

Easy access to the ocean.

East, West, or Orlando (center)?

At the moment, West. I have to spend more time on the East Coast, though.

Be True
Welcome to my home.
There's dirt on the tile floors, the rugs aren't that clean.
There are still things in boxes that I haven't seen.
The dishes are dirty and sometimes piled high,
There are days when the laundry reaches up to the sky.
It's annoying on some days, on other's it's not,
But, I deal with these things because of something I've got.
These things are left waiting, they haven't been done,
Because I'm out with my kids and we're having fun.
I'm perfectly happy with the choices I've made,
It's a love in my life that I'll never trade.

"Imaginary evil is romantic and varied; real evil is gloomy, monotonous, barren, boring. Imaginary good is boring; real good is always new, marvelous, intoxicating." -- Simone Weil


This video is AMAZING. Wow.....just......wow.

George Zimmerman: Prelude to a Shooting
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George Zimmerman: Prelude to a Shooting

The first time the dog ran free and cornered Shellie in their gated community in Sanford, Florida, George called the owner to complain. The second time, Big Boi frightened his mother-in-law's dog. Zimmerman called Seminole County Animal Services and bought pepper spray. The third time he saw the dog on the loose, he called again. An officer came to the house, county records show.

This article is a very well done piece of investigative journalism. It also highlights how our media create a furor around race when they report news.

Be True
"Do not look back on happiness or dream of it in the future. You are only sure of today; do not let yourself be cheated out of it." -- Henry Ward Beecher

"Purpose is the place where your deep gladness meets the world's needs." -- Frederick Buechner

Mommy Wars
We Are All Mothers: Can Hilary Rosen, Ann Romney, and Everyone Else Stop Stoking the Mommy Wars?

Did you hear the one about the stay-at-home mother who was outraged that a working-outside-the-home mother denigrated her choice? Or the one where the working-outside-the-home mother felt put down by the stay-at-home mother, who implied, again, that she wasn’t “raising her children”? Surely you have. They’ve been sniping at one another for decades.

Or have they?

The so-called Mommy Wars are aflame once again, making me tired, dispirited, angry and unhappy. But I don’t think that it’s the actual moms on the ground, so to speak, who are at war. Even if we had those feelings, and I’m sure many of us do, myself included, they are temporary annoyances to add to the pile of much larger issues we face every day.

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