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It has been awhile since my last post. I was finding it challenging to find things to post, which probably meant I should have tried harder. Then again, as a friend told me this week, activities have a time. Well, her words were better and more profound. They allowed that actions and activities have a time and place.

So many wonderful things have happened in these first months of the year. Recently my daughter was graduated from college and having her home has been wonderful. She’s been inspirational in getting me to do what I’ve been thinking about for some time – exercise! I appreciate her push, her support, and her fine example.

Today I joined two friends for dinner. We had a wonderful time. We met at a park by the water and walked to a place for dinner. There we sat outside and enjoyed a truly lovely evening. The weather is perfect, the food was good, and the company top notch. Then we strolled back to the park and sat on a bench and watched boats come and go, dogs walk by, a violinist play, and a parade of people that got us talking. It felt like Friday – but I still have a fun day tomorrow at work, so no wishing a day away!

It is great to have friends that it doesn’t matter how long it has been since you last saw one another, you just pick up from where you left off. That’s the way this is. They teased me in my wanting to give the violinist some tips. I heard about some challenges with family and we laughed together over trying to get a decent picture to post on Facebook. I’m truly blessed with people in my life.

I’m grateful for the perspective I’ve been able to gain in self awareness and significance. So many things I stress over are just a wrinkle in work and not something worth that kind of energy. The long pause was needed and I’m grateful for it.

I’m grateful for exercise bike and Netflix that make it possible for me to get up a little after 5 and do something that is good for me. And that I can do it just for me.

I’m also grateful the the piles of stuff that sit in my living room. It means I have a dear daughter close at hand who is searching as many new college grads – for that job. I’m so impressed with her industry in that search. I know God told me last fall to stop my worrying, He has a plan for her. It is exciting to be on near sideline watching that plan unfold.

This blog was intended to attempt to do follow the ideas laid out in “The Happiness Advantage.” I will try again. I’ve now added exercise to the program – I still need meditation Well, one thing at a time.