Happy, Joyous and Free

"Everybody knows that those in bad health, and those who seldom play, do not laugh much. So let each family play together or separately as much as their circumstances warrant. We are sure God wants us to be happy, joyous, and free."  ~Alcoholics Anonymous, 1st. Edition, The Family Afterward, pg. 132

One very important part of my living Happy, Joyous and Free is

The View from My Balcony

Not only do I get to people watch to my hearts content, watch the seasons change with the brilliant colors of fall, see the budding of trees and new growth from the earth but from my 5th floor view I can watch the Independence Fire Works!




"Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.” - Abraham Lincoln


“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” -Mahatma Gandhi


“You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.” - Albert Camus


“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” - Dalai Lama XIV


“It isn't what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.” - Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People


"Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.” -Denis Waitley


"When you are in a condition of light everything is ecstatic, everything is joyous, everything is beautiful. Your attention field is subtle. The ego is quiet. The mind is still. Your heart is happy."  - Frederick Lenz











“Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.” ― Henri J.M. Nouwen


“Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.”  ― Marianne Williamson


“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” ― Tagore


“Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.”  ― Pierre Teilhard de Chardin


“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh


The kindest thing you can do for the people you care about is to become a happy, joyous person ― Brian Tracy


"Each day try and go through the day with an attitude of being a servant to the world. You'll benefit the most - and the way will be joyous."  ― Frederick Lenz













All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope. ― Winston Churchill


We look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and expression. The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way. The third is freedom from want. The fourth is freedom from fear. ― Franklin D. Roosevelt


America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.  ― Abraham Lincoln


As long as men are free to ask what they must, free to say what they think, free to think what they will, freedom can never be lost and science can never regress.  ― Marcel Proust


True freedom is always spiritual. It has something to do with your innermost being, which cannot be chained, handcuffed, or put into a jail.  ― Rajneesh












Freedom is Enhanced by Prior Planning

P. P. P. P. P. P.

Prior Planning Positively Prevents Poor Performance!


“By Failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” – Abraham Lincoln

“If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” – Yogi Berra