Saturday, October 09, 2010

K is For...

K is For...
Bet you never guessed what today's letter would stand for!
Of course, knitting is my thing. Not that I don't do other close work, but I knit every day. It's what I think of when I wake up in the morning. Well, that and the song that is in my head most mornings, but that is a different post!

K is For...

Many wonderful free patterns some of which have become classics already. Some like the Clapotis have over 16,000 projects listed on Ravelry alone!

K is For...
Kunststricken: Decken, Garnituren, Spitzen Band 408/760
by Herbert Niebling

This is Egeblad by Christine Duchrow. I have knit this and it was a fun project!

This is Lyra. I have the pattern but have not knit it yet. I will!

K is For...

The Three Keys to Happiness

1. Something to Do. This is why I think people who create things are happy. And creating can include really anything-cooking, making a fence, knitting, painting...

2. Something to Love. Friends and family are such an important element to our ultimate happiness. This also includes giving back. Find a way to share what you have. If you have no money, make sure you give your time to something. My mother is constantly involved in charity work and I know that is part of why she is such a young 80 year old.
If you are single, you may have a best friend that always knows just how to pick you up, or make you laugh when you want to cry. Pets can even be an incredible source of companionship, there to greet you at the end of a long day. I’ve had pets all of my life and marvel at their willingness to love us unconditionally. The love for God can be a huge strength for you as well.

3. Something to Hope For. Everyone should have something to hope for. Something that drives them towards a goal. It’s been said that if you aim for nothing, you’ll hit it every time. Have something to aim for; a dream that you hold close and never let completely out of sight. When people lose hope they get complacent, and complacency often leads to a poor attitude. This self-perpetuating cycle of negativity can lead to serious depression, and ultimately harm cherished relationships.

The secret to making these keys work is to act. You sometimes have to force yourself to make the effort but it will work in the long run.
The bottom line is we are responsible for our own happiness. Government programs, promises from elected officials, and pats on the back from bosses may offer temporary mood boosts, but ultimately happiness is a self-induced state of mind. Be responsible for your own happiness.

Talk to you later,
The man who lets himself be bored is even more contemptible than the bore.
- Samuel Butler

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