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Happy In This Life By Joseph J. Mazzella

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Happy In This Life

By Joseph J. Mazzella

“How can you be happy in this life?” That was the question at the end of the letter. It was sent by a troubled, young woman who had read another of my stories on the internet. She had written about how she had tried all the ways popular in this world to find happiness. She had spent money, gambled, had casual sex, and tried both drugs and alcohol. All of it had only left her with pain in her heart and longing in her soul.

I answered her simply and honestly with these words. I am happy when I watch the birds flying towards the setting sun and thank God for the day. I am happy when I pet a purring cat or a devoted dog. I am happy when I eat a simple, healthy, home cooked meal. I am happy when I hear an uplifting song and sing along. I am happy when I read a story that touches my heart. I am happy when I share a smile and find it returned. I am happy when I walk my dogs on a starry night and find the man in the moon smiling down on me. I am happy when I hear the birds singing in the trees on the first day of Spring. I am happy when I see a butterfly floating by my head or feasting on a dandelion. I am happy when I sip a glass of iced tea on a hot Summer’s day. I am happy when I breath in the fresh, clean air after a soaking rainfall. I am happy when I smell the Cherry blossoms on the trees in the Spring and the freshly fallen leaves in the Fall. I am happy when I hug my daughter and hear my sons’ laughter. I am happy when I do a simple act of kindness that helps another. I am happy when I share a kind word and I am happy when I receive one. I am happy when I see the goodness in other people, when I see their happiness shining in their faces, and when I help to bring that goodness and happiness out of them.

Most of all I am happy when I love. I am happy when I welcome God’s love into my heart and share my love with Him in return. I am happy when I love myself and when I love everyone as myself. You see, when you love you will truly be happy in this life, and when you love you will build an eternal happiness in the next. Then I wished her happiness just as I am wishing you now. May all of your days be full of love and full of joy.

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A Note to My Readers

View from the deck of The Banana House in Wellfleet, MA

View from the deck of The Banana House in Wellfleet, MA September 23rd, 2013

Greetings and Salutations!

The past few months have been filled with lots of fun out of town adventures for this city girl.  From whale watching in the San Juan Islands, to a lazy weekend in Nappa Valley, to an week long stay in my favorite Wellfleet beach house, to dancing the days away at wedding weekend in the ever amazing  upper Hudson River Valley, it’s been a whirlwind of wonderful.  However, over this time I regret I have not been able to adequately update my beloved Lucky Penny half as much as I hoped.   However, I am happy to report that along all my adventures I have been keeping tract of all the lucky pennies I discovered along the way and have compiled many new stories, recipes, projects, insights and fuzzy fun to share with you!

Starting next Monday we begin counting down the days until The Lucky Penny turns TWO years old on October 24th, 2013 and we will be celebrating this countdown with some really great posts on different holiday recipes, fun crafts, exciting stories, fantastic Fuzzy Friday’s and more, just in time to kick off the much anticipated and beloved holiday season!!! I really can’t wait to share all the new and exciting things I have discovered over the last few months with you for no matter how far my travels have taken me, The Lucky Penny always remained very near and dear to my heart!  SO be sure to check in next week for some pretty stellar  and original Lucky Penny Post’s and until then hopefully you enjoy today’s compilation of some pretty fantastic fuzzy I put together for today’s Fuzzy Friday!

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The Trouble Tree

The carpenter I hired to help me restore an old farmhouse had just finished a rough first day on the job. A flat tire made him lose an hour of work, his electric saw quit, and now his ancient pickup truck refused to start. While I drove him home, he sat in stoney silence. On arriving, he invited me in to meet his family. As we walked toward the front door, he paused briefly at a small tree, touching the tips of the branches with both hands. After opening the door, he underwent an amazing transformation. His tanned face was wreathed in smiles and he hugged his two small children and gave his wife a kiss. Afterward, he walked me to my car. We passed the tree, and my curiosity got the better of me. I asked him about what I had seen him do earlier. “Oh, that’s my trouble tree,” he replied. “I know I can’t help having troubles on the job, but one thing for sure, troubles don’t belong in the house with my wife and the children. So I just hang them up on the tree every night when I come home. Then in the morning, I pick them up again.” “Funny thing is,” he smiled, “when I come out in the morning to pick them up, there aren’t nearly as many as I remember hanging up the night before.”

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