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Happiness…Through the Actions of a Child

Making It To The Stump Was A Start

Happy – characterized by or indicative of pleasure, contentment, or joy

Last week, while I was heading someplace, I was listening to John Stossel, on my XM, “What Really Makes People Happy.”

I spent the next few days thinking about this question. I thought about myself and what makes me happy?

Late Saturday afternoon, my son could not have provided a better example.

I was loading the truck with hay when Kyle came running in the front of the barn Whooping and Hollering.

“What’s up buddy?” I asked.

“I did it daddy! I did it! I did it all by myself!” He yelled exuberantly.

“Did what?” I asked. (I was smiling from ear to ear seeing his expression and enthusiasm.)

“I climbed two trees (pause for breath) all by myself (pause for breath) without any help!” he exclaimed.

“Awesome, big guy, that’s great!” I said, still grinning.

“Can you do it again?” I asked.

“You bet I can! Come on dad, I’ll show you!” he said, as he pulled me down from the hay stack.

I proceeded to follow him to the lower horse pen and watched the HAPPIEST boy climb two trees, again, without help.

My son defined happiness through his expression and the emotion he brings out in me.

Getting Up To The Fork Was The Accomplishment!

Happiness cannot be bought; it is not achieved through accumulation of things, is not achieved by making more money and does not result from a handout.

Happiness is taking pleasure in being able to accomplish something through your own effort and energy, without interference from the outside.

Happiness is being able to achieve an endeavor, through ingenuity, creativity and determination.

Happiness is the joy in knowing that God has a plan for you and has you in the palm of his hand.

‘He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.’ Proverbs 16:20

  1. February 13, 2012 at 6:46 AM

    As a former tree climber I can understand his excitement, and his wanting you to proud of him. Being that I’m a girl my dad worried about me all the time, so I had to pull off most of my feats when he wasn’t home. I think it’s great that you take the time to acknowledge your son’s accomplishments.

    • commonsenseagriculture
      February 13, 2012 at 10:17 PM

      Thanks Alyse, it is a joy to watch him as he makes new discoveries of his abilities each and every day.

  2. February 13, 2012 at 7:30 AM

    This blog made ME happy! Great way to start the day!

    • commonsenseagriculture
      February 13, 2012 at 10:18 PM

      Glad you enjoyed it Cami…I looked at the photo today and instant smile when I needed it. 🙂

  3. February 13, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Thanks for a very happy blog!!

    • commonsenseagriculture
      February 13, 2012 at 10:19 PM

      My pleasure. Thank you!

  4. February 13, 2012 at 4:06 PM


    • commonsenseagriculture
      February 13, 2012 at 10:19 PM

      🙂 Thank you.

  5. February 13, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    Tell Kyle thanks for sharing his happiness with me too! I used to love climbing trees and can remember the joy of being able to make it up a big oak without any help!

    • commonsenseagriculture
      February 13, 2012 at 10:20 PM

      I’ll let him know JP. Thank you. I always figured you as an oak climber 😉

  6. February 13, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    I believe happiness is a choice! So happy that Kyle is making that choice! And, for you too, Jeff! Nothing like a kid’s happy face!

    • commonsenseagriculture
      February 13, 2012 at 10:21 PM

      Thank you Bruce. Looking forward to #DadChat this week…great topic 🙂

  7. February 22, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    Very nice.

  8. Marlene
    February 26, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    I appreciate you Jeff and your ability to make a point that we all need to hear, whether it concerns Agriculture, religion or commonsense! Thank you for all you do for our world – hugs Marlene P.S. Kyle is so cute!

    • commonsenseagriculture
      February 26, 2012 at 6:46 PM

      Thank you very much Marlene 🙂 I always appreciate your perspective.

  9. May 2, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    I loved this blog. I love being a parent myself and I get such great enjoyment from my children’s happiness. So glad that it doesn’t take a lot for this kind of happiness. Thanks

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