Jun 252013

Well, it was a long day. On 5 hours of sleep, I dragged myself out of bed to go to a conference for the Canadian Marketing Association. It was worth the lack of sleep – I learned a lot and met some fascinating people. However, it meant that by the time I got home, I was just exhausted.

This has nothing to do with this post, I just love the picture and it relaxes me.

This has nothing to do with this post, I just love the picture and it relaxes me.

I could have just called it a night, but I still got in a workout. It wasn’t the best workout I’ve ever done, but it was a workout, and I call that a victory.

The happy thought for today is pushing through. When you fight circumstances and forces against you, and you still get something done, that’s a victory. You could easily reach for an excuse, and very few people would call you on it. But it would be an excuse.

So, salute those people around you who fight through the excuses and still get things done. They might not be working at 100%, but they haven’t stopped.

May 082013
My happy thought for today

I have to say, Spring seems to have arrived at exactly the right time for me. I was in a bit of a gloomy space, and the weather in the recent past hadn’t helped that much. However, spring came right when my life switched into a higher gear. Things are happening, and it kinda blows my mind.

Take, for example, the fact that I put together a Windows 8 app last night. Yes, I’m actually a registered Windows 8 developer now. That says nothing about my skill level, but the fact that I put one together, even with a tool that did most of the work, is rather surprising to me. I never pictured myself as a developer of any sort, but it seems that the world is challenging that view of myself and proving that even in my 30s this old dog can learn new tricks.

So, my happy thought for today is the idea that our ideas of what we are capable of can be proven wrong. The world is more open to us than we think, and while that can be a little bit terrifying, it is also tremendously exciting.

Jul 262012

Lately, I’ve been pondering my earlier happy thought of the day on value.

I think there’s an art form to finding the silver lining in a rough situation. Failure is embraced in society these days, which is a good thing, but I don’t always agree with the reasons.

I think we’re guaranteed to fail at something in our lives, and how we handle that failure defines us. True experts in life fail with class. It’s easy to be a graceful winner, but not so easy to be a graceful loser.

My happy thought of the day is that moment when you find your silver lining.

So, to celebrate that thought, I present my favourite song about finding the silver lining in a rough situation. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Jun 232012

Okay, in-laws might be a staple of the awkward comedy situation, but sometimes things happen to surprise you pleasantly.

I was out at a wedding reception with a large number of my wife’s family today, and rather than that stereotypical awkwardness, everything was surprisingly pleasant!

It’s a simple happy thought for today, but definitely a powerful one. When things go pleasantly that might have gone awkwardly (or worse) life can be a pretty nice place!