Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #22: Happiness is

This is my submission for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #22: Happiness Is. Very interesting subject! Please follow the link to read Ann-Christine’s post.

I don’t have many unhappy days after I retired. Everything makes me happy… a flower — withered or not, a tree, a piece of rock, mountains, dirt, food… etc. But, not to worry, I will make this post short. 😉

Happiness is… liking what I do — photographing, writing, cooking, meeting friends…

(Clearly, inspired by Brenda… thanks.)

Happiness is… knowing I am doing all right, because someone says so. (Thank you, my friend.)

Happiness is… having friends… even better if they enjoy listening to my stories 😉

Happiness is… spending time with my parents, even if that can only be done in a dream.

Happiness is… being able to let go. (Still working on this.)

Thank you for visiting my blog. (Happiness is knowing I am not blogging alone. 😉


About Helen C

A retired computer programmer who loves writing and photographing, and has managed to publish a YA novel "Jin-Ling’s Two Left".
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22 Responses to Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #22: Happiness is

  1. loisajay says:

    You are most definitely not blogging alone. I love every one of your posts, Helen.

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    • Helen C says:

      Thank you, Lois. You are a sweet lady! It is the friendship like yours keeps me going for so many years. I feel lucky that I have gotten to know so many great people in our blogging community!
      Have a great day. (Yeah, it’s Monday. That means we can have fun reading your blog 😉

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  2. neihtn2012 says:

    All beautiful and very appropriate photos for the challenge!

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  3. Leya says:

    “I don’t have many unhappy days after I retired”, that line made my eyes shine for you. A lovely post, so touching and well written. It made me feel calm and at peace with everything. You seem to be so confident in yourself. Being able to let go…that, I am struggling with – and don’t think I will ever be good at. Thank you for joining in and giving of your Happiness!

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    • Helen C says:

      Thank you, Anne-Christine .

      >> You seem to be so confident in yourself.
      I have found myself, and we are getting along wonderfully. Ha.

      I like this theme a lot, can you tell? Thank you!
      Have a great day.

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  4. Wonderful post for the challenge Helen!!!

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  5. Tina Schell says:

    Lively Helen. And you are surely not alone!

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    • Helen C says:

      Thank you, Tina.
      >> If you want to find happiness, find gratitude.
      Love that! But counting your blessings instead of sheep when you couldn’t sleep? I am not sure. It probably won’t bother me too much if I miss counting one or two sheep, but I do want to count all my blessings, not skipping any. Ha ha.
      Have a great day.


  6. MythRider says:

    For my last job, I did a lot of driving and was in and out of all kinds of weather. After I retired, there many raining or bitter cold morning when I lay in bed at 6AM and thanked God I didn’t have to get up and be out in all that.
    Happy retirement.

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  7. Perpetua says:

    Great shots, Helen. You are not alone. What made you think that?

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  8. Rupali says:

    What a beautiful post Helen.

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  9. carol1945 says:

    I am with you, Helen. Every day when I wake up, I am thrilled that I can just lay there and listen to music or a book on Audible, until I feel the need to actually get up. The only down side to retirement is I do not sleep very much, or very well. I guess being exhausted from work does get a person to sleep. Well, the trade off is worth it!!!

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    • Helen C says:

      Thank you, Carol. I have sleeping problem, too. I had that problem before I retired. I sleep much better now. I don’t know if it has something to do with walking, usually, 3000 steps at night (trying to make 10,000 a day) or not. I also found out that if I don’t using iPhone for a long time before go to sleep, I sleep better. But I still do sometime ;-(
      Good night.


  10. Lovely post … happiness is you in the blogging world 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Prior... says:

    being able to let go…
    and lovely pic of the parents


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