My daughter graduated college in four years, having worked hard to get out so quickly. She was happy to no longer be a pupil and get on with her life.
We were so proud of her – good grades, good looks, and a good job. So much has happened since then of course, life doesn’t stand still. In her book, “The Happiness Project” (one of my favorite books), Gretchen Rubin lists the four stages for enjoying a happy event:
— anticipation (looking forward to it)
— savoring (enjoying it in the moment – remember to turn off your cell phone!)
— expression (sharing your pleasure with others, to heighten your experience)
— reflection (looking back on happy times – which is why it may be a good idea to take pictures, keep a one-sentence journal, collect mementos, etc.)
Reflection & remembering is my biggest reason for keeping my journals and taking my photographs. And here’s the happy event:
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I am a backyard adventurer, philosopher and observer, recording my life in journals and photographs. Visit my blog at www.livingtheseasons.com or write me at dogear6 [at] gmail [dot] com.