I’m lucky. I come from a happy family. We all genuinely like to be around each other, spend time together, celebrate special occasions with each other. I never really stopped to think about where this happiness comes from. Are we just genetically predisposition to happiness? Or is it something we’ve all learned from each other?
My grandfather was an amazing man. He loved his family and baseball. He found a way to share the love of both by coaching little league, volunteering at the stadium of his local team and talking to anyone who would listen about his favorite sport. He couldn’t help but pass down his love of baseball to the rest of the family. I still get a lump in my throat when I think about the night of his funeral visitation. The stadium where he had spent so many hours volunteering and watching games was closed that night. Yet when we drove by the field was as bright as any game night. At the funeral home we discovered the owner did that in his honor. I then knew what a difference he had made to so many people and how much happiness he had shared with others.
My grandmother is an amazing cook and seamstress. She was constantly sewing clothes and toys for myself and my cousins until her health made it too difficult. I still have a dress she made for me when I was in high school. The style is dated and to be honest it wouldn’t fit. But it’s a tangible relic of the happy times we spent working on that dress. And even though it’s difficult for her she still cooks up a storm. You can find her famous pies at every church charity auction and family reunion I attend.
I realized looking at both of them that they shared their happiness with others by sharing what they love. I’d like to think this is something I learned from them and have incorporated into my own passions.
So what do I love? I love children and have made that my career. I train and do consulting work for infant and toddler teachers and visit classrooms daily. I love to volunteer, so I currently chair a charity walk for our local AIDS Services Organization. I love to bake so you can always find me passing out cupcakes to coworkers, volunteers, family and friends.
What do you love? I think that’s the key. Find what you love and find a way to share it. That’s the key to being truly happy.
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