Sunday, September 27, 2009

best things in life

A co-worker from another department had some kind words for me the other day. He said that whenever he sees me around the office, I'm always in a good mood. He thought that I was a truly happy person and wanted to know how I did it.

Shortly before moving to Knoxville, I got an email from someone who seemed negative about the area. They complained about all the pickup trucks with gun racks and confederate flags. I had already been here for a visit and seen the beauty of the area. Plus I had the benefit of working with someone who loves everything about East Tennessee. His enthusiasm was contagious. I think it's obvious from reading my blog that I choose to be optimistic about living in Knoxville and that I choose to fully enjoy all the area has to offer.

My co-worker went on to ask about the joy of having a family and the stress of having to provide for them. I explained that fathering children was the best thing that ever happened to me. Rather than fret over the economy and my salary, I am thankful that my son qualifies for a need-based scholarship at a good college.

The conversation was fresh in my mind when I read about a website that claims to offer the tools to increased happiness for a $5 per month subscription. Don't do it! I'm calling BS on

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this post Frank. I look at happiness this way. I can choose to be in a bad mood or I can choose to be in a happy mood. I just choose to be happy. It takes less effort.

Thanks for making me smile as usual. Have a great evening Frank.

Blogger ames said...

great post! :D we are each ultimately responsible for our own outlook, regardless of our individual circumstances - and it is great that you have owned your own attitude, for the GOOD. :)

Blogger PLANET3RRY said...

Knoxville is a "scruffy little town" but attitude is everything!

I don't want to waste MY time being vengeful or get stressed over certain things, I have much better things to do. My kids are only going to be 6 and 4 for a year... then they'll keep getting older, so I want to spend time with them at every age, so that I am not looking back with Regret (which in my opinion, is one of the worst things that someone can carry with them)


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