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Reboot 2019 | Are You Happy Now?

Sunrise 1-26-2019

It’s time to once again RE-BOOT this blog after months of neglect. Heh… I’ve been kind of being a little slack in my life too. Have had to cope with some life changes…. again, though none of them bad. May blog about that at a later time.

Just want to say “Happy New Year” to the few readers who may be monitoring this blog and to anyone who stumbles in. December 30, 2018 marked the third year since my surgery back in 2015. I am still here and happy to be alive.

In an effort to make this blog regular and relevant again I am going to be posting answers to questions from an Android app that I just downloaded yesterday. It is called Questions Diary and every day you are supposed to answer a question about yourself. The answer is saved to your device and at the end of one year, the app is supposed to ask the same questions again…. so let’s start… here is the first question.


Today is Saturday, January 26, 2019,

Are You Happy Now?

Pedometer Image

Some of the recorded walk steps from this morning with the Pedometer app running on my low end Alcatel device. The count is only for the return trip back to my home.

Generally speaking, I am “happy”. Happiness is relative, fleeting at times. One surely can’t be happy all of the time. Life is filled with setbacks. These can happen frequently…. death in the family. loss of a job, financial struggles and more.

Still I try to maintain some level of happiness by being with or talking to friends and relatives. Engaging in hobbies or taking short trips makes me happy. I am most happy when I am out observing my world and documenting it through photography and video.

Distracting myself is a way for me to maintain some level of happiness.


With this first post, this hopefully is the start of something new and consistent. Otherwise here are a couple of other pictures:

The path on Magic Island

The walking path on Magic Island, Ala Moana Beach Park, Honolulu HI.

 

See Yourself as Wonderful

See Yourself as Wonderful

More often than not I project a negative outlook of myself. I know it is not a healthy thing to do, but I do have my doubts, fears and anxieties in life.

I have a friend, her name is Lisa, and she has over the years overcome many obstacles that have been placed in front of her life. She still faces new ones head on with bravery, bravado, persistence and tenacity and does her best to keep a positive outlook despite life’s ups and downs. Her persistence in remaining positive will pay off with great rewards in the future.

One thing Lisa is really good at is helping people. She is a friend that I can count on to build my confidence, inspire me to think more highly of myself and look for the positive things in life. She recently sent me this little checklist of attributes that apply to me. They are all presented in this clever alpha list:

You are artistic, buoyant, clever, determined, extraordinary, friendly, generous, helpful, independent, jaunty, kind, level-headed, memorable, notable, outstanding, persistent, quick-witted, realistic, skilled, thoughtful, understanding, valuable, wonderful, (e)xact, youthful, and zealous. Today’s alphabet of you!

Thank you Lisa for being such a good friend.

 

A Couple of Setbacks

Kaiser Moanalua Hospital

Just a quick update to my health. I am good. Over the past 18 months or so I have lost more than 50 pounds as I adjusted my diet and did more to in terms of physical activity – like walking every day at least up to last month.

On May 16 I had some severe tummy cramping, so much that I had to make a run to the emergency room. After examination, it was found that I had gallstones. Ugh. Painful. They gave me some pain pills afterward and scheduled me for a follow-up visit.

The E-R’s doctor short answer is that I may need gallstone surgery.

I have to go and see the gallstone doctor this coming week. I was told the guy is so busy that his appointments are like stacked up for months ahead. In the meantime people who are afflicting with recurring gallstone pain have to suffer?

Fortunately since my “attack” on May 16, I have suffered no major pain in the area. One of my friends told me to drink apple cider and lemonade. I am not an apple cider kind of guy but I do love lemonade. I also just love eating lemons as is.

So shortly after that incident I started eating a half lemon every day. While scientific studies have shown that a lemon diet does not get rid of gallstones, I would have to disagree in the fact that since starting I have been good. No pain. I don’t know exactly what is going on, but the pure lemon seems to be working.

When life gives you lemons... On another front, I recently got a part time job in the retail industry which requires several hours of standing. I am not used to standing for long periods of time. My feet hurt. By the end of the day, I am usually in pain and am so happy to get home and sit, lie down flat to relieve the painful feet. The pain level is at about a 1 to 2 and maybe 3 on bad days. Have yet to see the doctor as to what to do about the pain or if that it is even bad. Don’t know.

As a result I haven’t been walking as regularly as I should. Prior to the job I was walking at least 2 miles a day. Now I am lucky to get in a 1.5 mile walk every few days.

Something has to be done.

*Photo of lemons by Steve Maskell.