Sunday, June 27, 2010

And on that note...

...some happy times in my recent experience!

I'm not unhappy to be Bodie's favorite right now ;)

A dialogue on happiness

First of all, Thank You Mo Mo for posting a profoundly accurate statement on a recent post:

"Happiness is something that nobody else can give you. Happiness comes to those who create it :)"

I couldn't agree more about your perspective, and since you are probably the most joyful, pleasant, and consistently happy person I know, I want to acknowledge that you are right.

But I also want to say that there are times when happiness can be elusive. Times when life hands you those tests that I discussed. Times, perhaps, when you face the potential loss of a relative or loved one. Times when you struggle to provide for your family. Times when you want nothing more than to make a true, deep, and passionate love work but can't seem to navigate the waters you cross, themselves often rough and full of disturbances as well. It's hard, in those times, to see the light. I hope that when life presents you, and everyone with those seemingly impossible challenges, you are able to respond with the same strong attitude that you describe on your comment. Having a patient, loving partner like the one you have, I believe that you will always have what's inside of you AND what's inside of him to double-team any obstacles in your way.

Life is a balance. A give and take between making yourself happy, and accepting the love and assistance that surrounds you every day. My lessons, on top of learning how to be happy in this often rocking little boat that I ride across a vast and deep ocean, include learning to be always grateful for the wind that blows my sails, and the gifts that set me in the direction that I travel.

And I think that it's OK to recognize that there are people that can make us happy. I know you feel the same way about so many of the same people. Little, small, young and old, they are so very special, and it's OK to give them credit for the joy they provide.

And I still, in the midst of knowing that I am happy and grateful to be blessed with this life that I have and all that I am surrounded by, insist on holding on to a truth that can not be denied: the ability to express my love for the ones I love so very much makes me happy. I just want the opportunity.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


There are people who have let the problems of today
Lead them to conclude that for them life is not the way
But every problem has an answer and if yours you cannot find
You should talk it over to Him
He'll give you peace of mind
When you feel your life's too hard
Just go have a talk with God

A test

Life always throws out lessons. I am learning several of them right now. Having some beautiful experiences in this past week has been serendipitous for me, and taught me one very important one: be happy. No matter what. Life is too short.

I'm working on it.

And I am working on a few other things as well. All of them are work, but work worth doing.

And I know one thing that makes me extraordinarily happy.

Her name is Rick.

A little video

I wish I had more time to spruce this up, but I think there is some good stuff in here. It's 17 minutes long, so if you are interested in checking it out, maybe go to the bathroom first.

Mo and Matt's Wedding sm from Brian Egan on Vimeo.

Monday, June 21, 2010

The Wedding

Father son dance
Originally uploaded by Zack Sheppard.
Mo's wedding was beautiful.

I am so lucky that both of my sisters have found men who are so good to them.

I want to be that good of a man to someone's sister.

I had a great time at the wedding with my little man. He can move. He is a star. He's going to make some lucky lady very happy some day. I just want him to share nothing but love for whoever that person is. That way he will be assured of getting nothing but love back.

Love is all you need, right?

Friday, June 18, 2010

In 24 hours

Originally uploaded by mohap247.
My baby sister is going to be married!!!

Mo: I am so very proud of you. For following your dreams and your heart to a far away land. For having faith in your choices and your beliefs, that they will some day lead you to the happiness that you so deserve. For finding that happiness and keeping it in your heart and life every day. For being are an amazing, kind, joyful, vibrant human being. For picking Matt - What a wonderful man. I couldn't be more happy than I am to have him as a brother.

You two set the bar high...and the world is a better place for the way you show your love to each other.

Thanks for showing me, your older brother, just how wonderful life can be.

I love you.

Monday, June 14, 2010

How much do you eat in a day?

Apparently I eat about 4-5 pounds, because after 2 days I'm down to 161 with my sweats on.
I was making progress, too.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Read Coelho

Or at least sign up for his newsletter. Some of his readers end up putting together amazing stuff like this:

The Substitute Singer (sent by Murali)

Though I was unable to prove the events of this tale, this event supposedly happened many years ago in the Paris Opera. On the night when a famous tenor was to perform, the packed house was told he would not be able to attend due to traffic.

Concerned, the director of the Opera appeared on the stage to explain what was happening and to ask for a local tenor to act as a substitute.

The audience reacted as expected; with discomfort. Some spectators rose and asked for their money back, while others simply waited to see what lay in store for them, seeing that they had instructed their chauffeurs and made reservations for dinner, and did not quite know how to kill the time.

The substitute tenor came on stage and did the best he could. For two hours he sang with all his heart and soul. At the end, there was almost complete silence, since he was not exactly who the audience had come to hear.

Only one spectator applauded.

In the midst of the clapping a child’s voice was heard, “Daddy, you’re great! Just great!”

The next moment, the whole theater gave a standing ovation; a simple word of love had changed everything.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Desk Job

I've been trying to fill a couple of empty spots in the office lately.

This was my first interviewee. He rocked it.

He's a keeper.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Because they never stop

My mom is extraordinarily generous. She taught me that the greatest pleasure you can get is that from the feeling of giving something away. She does it in every way; with what she has, and what she makes...specifically, on that last point, with her time. She makes time for people in all walks of life, whether they are a friend in need of some help, a relative that is in need of some perspective and grounding, an acquaintance that needs a good sounding board to vent to, or simply a child that needs a mom. She's really the best at that last one.

So are so many other moms I know. They are moms first, and everything else in no particular order after that. It doesn't matter if they are raising a 3 year old or a 34 year old...they do what they were put here to do, which is be there, unconditionally, with love and support. Mom's got our backs.

My mom has a lot on her plate right now...from her youngest baby's wedding in less than 3 weeks, to keeping up with so many tests and trials of life that she and those she loves so deeply are going through. She's doing it without a mom to call up on the phone and ask questions of. I know a few moms in this position. They shine. They are my aunts, my friends, my friends' moms. They lead the way. They won't ever stop being this way.

Mamacita, this one is for you.