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Lasting Happiness

Updated on June 20, 2014

What Does This Title Mean To You?

"Happiness is as a butterfly, which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you." Hawthorne

What does it take to truly make you happy? Not just for the moment, but for a lifetime? Have you ever sat down quietly and really searched your soul to seek an answer to what brings lasting joy to your life?

It is said, to make a man happy, you must, rather than add to his possessions, subtract from the sum of his desires. In other words, you must desire less and be happy with the things God has given you.

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Examining First What Is Thought To Make One Happy

Possessions

"Springs are little things, but they are sources of large streams; a helm is a little thing, but we know its use and power; nails and pegs are little things, but they hold the parts of a large building together; a word, a look, a smile, a frown, are all little things, but powerful for good or evil. Think of this, and mind the little things." Hillis

Today, everyone strives to be successful. However, who is measuring your success? Is it the neighbor who just bought a new boat, the friend with the five bedroom home, or the man who passed you on the freeway in the new Mercedes?

Did you ever stop to think that there will always be someone who has something a little bigger, a little newer, a little more expensive than what you possess? Have you looked ahead and seen a home after twenty-five years or an automobile after ten? They are not examples of lasting success and happiness. Like all things, they age, corrode and become useless, never giving you a lifetime of joy.

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My Greatest Gift

By Eugenia S. Hunt

Within my silent, unspoken dreams,

Beginning with love's emotion.

Two hands clasp throughout tomorrow,

With promise of heart's devotion.

A smile to chase away my fears,

To never walk alone,

A heart to give me shelter,

And arms to be my home.

You came to me as a gift,

My silent dream come true.

The greatest gift of all to me,

Is being loved by you.

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What Then Will Give You Joy

Search Within Yourself

"Real joy comes not from ease or riches or from the praise of men, but from doing something worthwhile." Wilfred T. Grenfell

If you observe a really happy man, you will find him working with his hands, sharing his thoughts, educating a child, admiring God's scenery, or following his dreams. He won't be searching for his own happiness in others, but within himself. He will be aware that happiness is found in living life twenty-four hours a day, moving beyond the past and looking forward to the future.

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Take A Look At The World Around You

What Do You See?

"One of the sanest, surest, and most generous joys of life comes from being happy over the good fortune of others." Archibald Rutledge

Do you look at a field of dandelions and see a day of work to clear them away. Or, do you see the melody they produce as the breeze carries them to and fro, then into the air, as they dance against the sky? There is beauty there.

When you see a small child in tears, do you think about the noise it is making? Or, do you see the sorrow in his eyes and want to make them smile again?

Do you receive you paycheck and feel thankful to have a job or do you get angry because the amount should be more?

Do you look at the family God has given you and feel pride in their accomplishments, no matter how small? Or, do you only see the fingerprints on the walls and the toys strewn around the room?

What do you feel for your friend when he is successful? Do you feel joy for him or are you envious of his good fortune?

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God's Rosebud

Author Unknown

"It is only a tiny rosebud,

A flower of God's design;

But I cannot unfold the petals

With these clumsy hands of mine."

"The secret of unfolding flowers

Is not known to such as I.

GOD opens this flower so easily,

But in my hands they die."

"If I cannot unfold a rosebud,

This flower of God's design,

Then how can I have the wisdom

To unfold this life of mine?"

"So I'll trust in God for leading

Each moment of my day.

I will look to God for guidance

In each step of the way."

"The path that lies before me,

Only my Lord knows.

I'll trust God to unfold the moments,

Just as He unfolds the rose."

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Steps Toward Happiness

Accessible To All of Us

"People won't always remember what you said or what you did, but they will always remember how you made them feel."

Try to keep your life simple. Avoid envying others and your own selfishness. Everyone has something to give to others to make their way easier. Don't always seek what you want. Consider the point of view of those around you, giving of yourself rather than taking for yourself only.

Watch your attitude and keep it peaceful. Try to always be the person who makes the pathway of others clear, rather than the one who blocks the way.

Be sure your motives for your good works are for the right reasons and remain generous with what you give. Show interest in others in earnest. The benefits will cause you reason for rejoicing.

Always spend less than you earn, avoiding extravagance. Sure, it is difficult to stay out of debt, but the rewards of peace of mind will be worth the effort.

Discover your interests and set time aside for a hobby. This diversion can help you relax and clear your mind of daily stress.

Stand guard to the gateway of your mind. Think constructive, useful thoughts. Begin the day being thankful for your blessings. Life and work is a privilege, not a punishment.

Never stop dreaming for our dreams build the pathway of our lives. We always need something for which to work for and look forward to.

Make the most of the day at hand, taking life one day at a time, remaining close with God. Discover the enduring happiness of knowing Him and what He wants for your life. Grasp tightly and hold on, with both hands, to what is truly important in the life He has given us through His love.

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I REMEMBER YOU

By Eugenia S. Hunt

As I gaze, after twilight,

Into a moonlit sky,

Sharing tiny, twinkling stars

With clouds floating by.

Or when I lift my eyes

To look upon the hills,

Reaching out to touch

God's own windowsill.

When snow is softly falling

Upon a wintry scene,

The caress of a sweetheart,

Eyes caught in their dreams.

A baby's small, but perfect, face

Molded in God's sphere.

The chirping of a sparrow,

Its music in my ear.

Ocean waves as they pound

Their hands upon the shore,

Rainbow hues against the sky,

Arched toward heaven's door.

A scented, summer rain,

Carried by the breeze,

Jesus, I remember you,

And fall humbly to my knees!

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The Fern And The Bamboo

Author Unknown

One day I decided to quit...I quit my job, my relationship, my spirituality.... I wanted to quit my life. I went to the woods to have one last talk with God.

"God", I said. "Can you give me one good reason not to quit?"

His answer surprised me.

"Look around", He said. "Do you see the fern and the bamboo?"

"Yes", I replied.

"When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds, I took very good care of them. I gave them light. I gave them water. The fern quickly grew from the earth. Its brilliant green covered the floor. Yet nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo.

"In the second year the fern grew more vibrant and plentiful. And again, nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo.

"In year three there was still nothing from the bamboo seed. But I would not quit. The same in year four.

"Then in the fifth year, a tiny sprout emerged from the earth.

Compared to the fern, it was seemingly small and insignificant.

But just six months later, the bamboo rose to over 100 feet tall.

It had spent the five years growing roots. Those roots made it strong and gave it what it needed to survive. I would not give any of my creations a challenge it could not handle.

"Did you know, my child, that all this time you have been struggling, you have actually been growing roots? I would not quit on the bamboo. I will never quit on you.

"Don't compare yourself to others." He said. "The bamboo had a different purpose than the fern. Yet they both make the forest beautiful.

"Your time will come", God said to me. "You will rise high."

"How high should I rise?" I asked.

"How high will the bamboo rise?" He asked in return.

"As high as it can?" I questioned.

"Yes." He said, "Give me glory by rising as high as you can."

I left the forest, realizing that God will never give up on me. And He will never give up on you.

Never regret a day in your life.

Good days give you happiness; bad days give you experiences; both are essential to life.

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My favorite Squidoo Charity

"FRIENDS OF THE PARK"

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Who Is Mom To The Zoo?

My Bio

Born in the small town of Pendleton, South Carolina, in 1950, I was the oldest of two, five years my sister's senior. It was a wonderful place to grow up where the entire town raised its children. I was always surrounded by people who loved and looked out for me. I graduated from High School with the same people who were in my kindergarten class. At 59, my childhood friends are still my friends. I feel so fortunate to have known such a childhood.

After college, I worked at Clemson University until May 1972. At that time, I married and lived in Glyfada, 22 miles from Athens, Greece for two years...via USAF. We then moved to North Dakota for another two years before returning to South Carolina.

We divorced after 16 years and two children. I married my best friend two years later and moved to Florida in 1988 and together we have raised my husband's son and daughter and my son and daughter...one federal officer, one "stay at home" mother and wife, one sixth grade school teacher, and the other, after working for Florida Power and Light since age 19, is now with AT&T. In 1996, I adopted my step daughter. We are blessed with four grandsons and one granddaughter.

In 1999, we became foster parents with the Children's Home Society and had a number of children under our roof in the next 5 years. In 2001, we adopted a 13 year old girl, whom we first met at the age of 11, and is now 22. I also have spent more time in a courtroom than I care to think about, fighting for the rights of the children in our care. In 2004, I turned in my license so that I could be a full time Mom to our special needs daughter and keep our infant granddaughter five days a week while her mother was teaching.

Bill, my husband, is a retired USAF Air Traffic Controller. He is now working out of the country, on Ascension Island, with Computer Science Raytheon, as their chief controller, contracted out of Patrick AFB, Florida. This enables him to continue to do the job he loves, air traffic, and aid the military. He flies in and out on furlough and I handle things here at home. I jokingly call myself a Single Married Woman.

Actually, I am a retired Accountant/Credit Manager, now a housewife, where I enjoy writing, singing, piano, and sewing. I have had numerous poems and short stories published and have sung in churches and for church organizations for years, as well as weddings, a couple of variety shows, and even at my daughter's, and later my son's, weddings, one of the hardest things I have EVER done. We are members of Riverside Baptist church where I am a soloist and a member of the Women's Bible Study Group.

And, last but not least, we have two singing dogs. Raven is a thirteen year old Skipperkee/Chow with bucked teeth and attitude and Whisper, our nine pound, twelve year old poodle, who thinks himself a Doberman.

I have been Mom To The Zoo since the morning after our wedding. My friend, Lee, who was staying with our four children and two dogs answered the phone from a sound sleep, "Hunt Zoo, Zookeeper Speaking."

My life has involved many changes and avenues that I would never have dreamed of and has given me challenges that I never thought I was equal to. But, I have found that God has a plan and, if you follow His lead, you can handle anything he puts in your hands. However, you have to first learn to listen to Him. No matter what we want from life, it must come in His time. He has given my husband and me more than we could have began to imagine back in high school and we have found that what we thought was so important for our futures back then was nothing to what we have done so far. I have learned from our foster children, to look forward to the future and the next challenge with enthusiasm and excitement. If they can trust and love us after what the world has dealt them, we can surely tackle whatever lies ahead with ease. Life is a series of learning experiences and I continue to find life to be both a challenge and a joy which grows with each passing year. I learn more and more about myself with each passing day!

Jeanie

Tell Me What Makes You Happiest! - The Answer Is Different For Each Of Us

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 4 years ago

      @OhMe: Thanks, Nancy....doing my best!! And how are you?

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @OhMe: Hope you are staying Happy! Think of you often and love this lens.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I love re-visiting your beautiful lenses.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a great way to begin the day ! Enjoyed your poems and thanks for donating to Friends of the Park.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @OhMe: You are very welcome!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Thank you so much for your continued support of Friends of the Park. This month's payout was the highest ever with $109.97 going for our Veterans Park. The Squidoo Friends of Friends of the Park have donated over $2,000 so far. Wow, you are super and very much appreciated!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @ZenandChic: Thank you very much for the Blessing. So glad you enjoyed the poetry and thank you for the review!! :)

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      Patricia 6 years ago

      Wonderful poetry! I am blessing it and putting it on my poetry review lens!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @Michelle1959: Thank you, Michelle...I try to remember to apply what is here. As anyone else, at times, I forget...but only for a little while. You just have to stop and look around you to see reasons to be thankful and spot the things that really matter in your life. Thank you for sharing my thoughts.

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      Michelle1959 6 years ago

      What a sincere and highly motivational lens! It's so obvious that you apply what is said here with determined application! I love it! You're truly talented and thank you so much for sharing - much appreciated! It's definitely a mirror of happiness!

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      Michey LM 6 years ago

      Come back to Bless and lens roll on my lens Quotes about Happiness!

      Happy New Year!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @reflectionhaiku: Thank you so much for sharing my thoughts with me. I am so pleased that you enjoyed Lasting Happiness!

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      reflectionhaiku 6 years ago

      I certainly know what happiness means to me - to read soulful lens like this that in poetry reminds us what matters most and in funny pet pictures make us laugh with heart. Many thanks.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @Michey LM: Thank you for sharing, Michey...I'm very glad you liked this lens! Thank you for revisiting!

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      Michey LM 6 years ago

      Beautiful, like the poetry, the design and the concept.

      What makes me happy? family and friends, unconditional love, loyalty, traveling, or just a good book.

      I think the little things in our day by day life are more precious.

      Thanks for this beautiful lens

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @LizMac60: Thank you, Liz! Good to hear from you! :)

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      Liz Mackay 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Lovely lens teaching good lessons for life.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @OhMe: That is fantastic!!!!! This was a great idea!!!! You are quite welcome!!!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I am so excited and just add to pop back in and let you know that the August payout for Friends of the Park was $86.85 in royalties and $495.00 in contest winnings. Thank you for your part in making this happen! Friends of the Park is so appreciative of all our Squidoo friends. Thank you. Thank you.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Popping back in to wish YOU much Joy and Happiness!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @OhMe: Okay, checked out the lens...loved it...left a message and lensrolled as well! Thanks for all you do for us!!!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I will be back to lensroll this to my latest lens when it goes green.

      Squidoo Steps Up To The Plate for Pendleton

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Back again. I just can't seem to stay away from all these wonderful lenses benefiting Friends of the Park. We have a meeting on Monday so I wanted to have all of them fresh on my mind to give my report. Thanks again.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This was simply beautiful! Loved the poem about the rosebud! I find happiness in the simplest of things. The sparkle in my husband's eye as he is about to say something funny. The sound of my grandchildrens laughter. I'm blessed every day with something coming my way to make me smile and am thankful for every precious moment.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you, Bev. I really like the poem, Rosebud, too. I received it from a friend via e-mail and no one knows who wrote it. It's a shame that they aren't receiving credit...it is beautiful! The simple things in life are always the most memorable...those afforded us by God.

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      My happiness comes from giving to others and seeing their smiles and making their day bright. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust and also added to charity-lenses-for-summer-sunshine-giveaway

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @GrowWear: Wow, MiMi, you are really making the rounds. Thanks so much!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @GrowWear: Thanks so much, Mimi...OhMe is so hopeful that we win the donation for Friends Of The Part...I hope she will have her wish. Thank you for the nomination!

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      GrowWear 7 years ago

      On my way to nominate Lasting Happiness for Squidoo's Sunshine Award. :)

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @SandyMertens: Thanks, Sandy! I'm so glad you enjoyed this...I had fun writing it and finding the photos to match!

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Ahhhh...this is all so sweet.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @indigoj: Well, thank you very much...I am glad that it brought sunshine into your life. I have known OhMe since childhood and hope I am able to win so that I can contribute to the children's park in our home town.

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      This lens is so full of sunshine, it surely deserves a place in one of the selected sunshine awards! Came here via OhMe's blog so I know you brought some sunshine into her day when you created this for Friends of the Park :) Wishing you luck in the contest.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @James M Becher: Jim, RE: "As to the question, I think I am happiest when I'm using my God-given talents and abilities for His glory." Amen!! I have always felt the same way both with my written meanderings and in song. In praise of the one who made our talents possible! I left a message for you on your lens and will go now to nominate it for the contest! God Bless

      Jeanie

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      James M Becher 7 years ago from South Florida

      Thanks for making this really great lense. I gave you a thumbs up and am lensrolling it to my lense "Poems of Inspiration" (http://www.squidoo.com/inspiringpoetry) where there are more poems to this effect as well. I will also nominate it for the contest. In return, I'd appreciate it if you would check out my lense, and, if you think it worthy, also nominate it.

      Thanks,

      Jim.

      P.S. As to the question, I think I am happiest when I'm using my God-given talents and abilities for His glory.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @OhMe: Oh, my, thank you, OhMe! I just went in to see your blog entry. I do hope we win the contest for the kids of Pendleton!! Thanks for getting me involved and thanks for the lensroll!!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Back to lensroll to my lens about Dandelions where I, too, suggest that we enjoy the Simple Things In Life! Lasting Happiness is the subject of my CrabbysBeach blog post today Lasting Happiness by momtothezoo

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @Spook LM: Hey, Spook! Good to hear from you! I am so glad you enjoyed my lens! Of course, I am pleased that you are lensrolling mine to your lens. I understand your battle. It is difficult sometimes for me because I battle depression but I refuse to allow it to steal my joy. You must do the same!

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      Spook LM 7 years ago

      You sure have a gift Jeanie. Beautiful lens and if you don't mind I'm going to lensroll it to one of mine. As to your question, I battle with happiness most of the time but life goes on.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @OhMe: Nancy, you are quite welcome...I just hope I have all my ducks in a row for this...glad you like the lens...hopefully, it will make some money for the children.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I just love this lens so much. Thank you for donating your royalties to Friends of the Park and for entering it in the Summer Sunshine Award Contest. I have it posted on Sunshine Award Nominations. It is also posted on Step Up To The Plate! Friends of the Park and all the children of the Pendleton area appreciate your generosity. Thank you.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @oztoo lm: Thank you so much, Sandy! Absolutely~We all rush around too much to really enjoy our lives! Thank you for sharing my thoughts with me!

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      oztoo lm 7 years ago

      What an excellent and uplifting lens. I really enjoyed reading this one. Love the pictures too. It's all to easy to get caught up in the rush of daily life and it can be overwhelming at times. It's good to remember the simple pleasures around us every day.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @jptanabe: Thank you for sharing my meanderings. I enjoyed this one, especially looking for the photographs. I felt the piece warrented some humor along the way. Glad you liked them!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @ElizabethJeanAl: Thank you, Lizzy...absolutely...American's are always in such a hurry. We need to slow down and really appreciate what we have to be thankful for daily.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Beautiful words of wisdom here - and I just love the images!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 7 years ago

      Uplifting and beautiful. In today's world we have to make an effort to slow down to appreciate the simple pleasures in life. Happiness is a state of mind that is within everyone's reach. All they have to do is reach out and grasp it.

      Thanks so much for sharing

      Lizzy

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Sounds Great to Me!! When do WE leave!!!! LOL

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great writings as always. But regarding happiness, I'll take a nonspastic bladder, no giant cell arteritis or polymyalgia, a husband with a colon intact...and a Lear Jet and a zillion dollars in order to blow this place for a while and eat out 3 times a day at Elaine's, The 4 Seasons...and oh yes, and The Felix. I'm not holding my breath, however. :)

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you, Drenda...you, too, have a blessed day!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @sittonbull: Thank you, John! So good to hear from you. I appreciate your opinion and thank you for your kind words.

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      sittonbull 7 years ago

      Ahh Jeannie you have a beautiful perspective built on a strong relationship with the man upstairs. Always uplifting to read your prose and the accompanying words that make your lens so meaningful.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I enjoyed reading this as I do all of your writings. You are an inspiration. Have a blessed day.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks, Mike...I will do my best!!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      A great website. Keep them coming!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @Michey LM: :~)))) Thanks, Michey!! Yes, you let me have it and the thoughts are great!!! So glad you enjoyed my lens!!

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      Michey LM 7 years ago

      What make me Happiest? Let's see:

      1) Harmony in the family

      2) Having trustworthy friends around

      3) Knowing that I am useful

      4) Traveling which gives me: the ocean breeze, the forest cool, the history behind the ruins, the beauty of arts, the diversity of people I meet and share story with, the feeling of belonging in some places...

      I love this lens it is as usual profound and human.

      Thanks so much for writing...

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @Joan4: Good Morning, Joan, Thank you, so glad you enjoyed my meanderings! :)

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      Joan4 7 years ago

      A wonderful way to start the day - reading this beautiful lens! Thank you!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you, Carol...I am so glad you enjoyed my meanderings...I totally agree with you!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Life has too few quiet moments in lives, time for pondering mysteries and appreciating beauty needs to be revived. My peace always settles into praise to my God who made it all and has mercy on His creationl! :)

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @OhMe: Thanks, Nancy...I am so glad you enjoyed m lens! I had fun with the photos with this one!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Beautiful, as always. I love your intro photo and all the great pictures and your wonderful words. Well Done!