So many of us will depend on others to make us happy.  Humans have trouble with the concept of making yourself happy.  Gotta try while I can.  

It is easier to thing along the negatives for sure.  So, who said life would be easy?  (No I don't want to know, really.)

You only get so much time alive, and we do not know precisely how much, which is good.  I don't think  we could handle the truth.  I couldn't.  With this is mind I will strive to make myself happy, not depend on anything other than this.

So here goes.

I have been spending time drawing and writing a children's book.  The name of the book is "Boris".  It is a mostly true story about a tiny frog which came to live in my dogs' water tower.  Now he is doing something I think is very important, taking mentors from many places.  For instance he is getting a message about exercise, not smoking etc.  These mentors are based on people I know, but have turned into frogs.  King Croaky smokes a cigar.  

There are many more things, yet to be really happy I should be drawing.  Writing made me happy...only now I get to illustrate too!  Double happiness rolled into one 15 minute package.  Sometimes it takes me days, but hey, I have a piano to learn to play, and a life to live also.

I love blogging, yet it has fallen off of my radar sometimes...oh well, it is not my job to make others happy.  A lesson we all can use.  

I read, actually I "listen" to audible books, because I want to.  Turning a negative into a positive is what I am about these days.  I have been listening to books with my husband instead of watching TV.  Of course it puts one to sleep, but hey we are retired!

I am reminded about this when I look at my news apps this morning.  The world is hurting in so many ways, perhaps it becomes our duty to be happy, there are many who cannot be.

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Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on March 22, 2016 at 7:58am

I wish you all-success w this. There cannot be enough wonderful children's books!

Comment by JMac1949 Today on March 22, 2016 at 8:12am

I'm seldom happy but over the years I've found a certain sense of contentment by doing what I can to make life easier for those I encounter and taking what solace I can from those who respond in kind.  A smile goes a long way to making this old world a better place to be.   R&L  ;-)

Comment by Zanelle on March 22, 2016 at 1:27pm

I worked on a little story this last weekend and did some illustrations and found I really enjoyed it.   I hear the actual publishing can be lots of work.   it is being judged that makes me nervous and yet is so important to quality.  So nice to see so many here blogging about art and writing.  You inspired me to take my own happiness in hand and not drag around like everything is such a disappointment.  love the frog!

Comment by Sheila Reep on March 22, 2016 at 3:50pm

Thanks Zanelle, JMac1949, and Jonathan.  Happiness means many things to different people.  I look at what I have, not what I don't.  

Comment by Boanerges on March 26, 2016 at 1:18pm

Well, I certainly hope writing has fallen back ONTO your radar now. Good to see you here, BW. Keep us posted on your book.

Comment by Rodney Roe on April 19, 2016 at 11:17am

I've tried writing children's stories.  It is hard in a way, like writing a short story.  You have to get the whole story in without sounding terse.  My attempts at illustration have been a bit of problem, too.  Here's a sort of historical/spooky/children's story about Halloween.

http://oursalon.ning.com/profiles/blogs/little-souls

Good luck, and remember parents are going to be reading those over and over ;-)

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