Who and What is the Happy Warrior
This blog is a representation, in conversational form, of my voyage to wrap my arms around the world in which Mr. Worsdworth's warrior finds happiness.
(Standing disclaimer: Luckily tests of spelling accuracy ended in 4th grade otherwise I would still be in Elementary School. Be forewarned, spelling errors ahead. I subscribe to the wisdom of a great man who said, "I have utmost disdain for a man who can only spell a word one way." -Benjamin Franklin)
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
1. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
2. The Ideas that Use Us by Harry Emerson Fosdick
3. Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
4. The Good Samaritan and Eternal Life by John Welch
5. The Seduction of our Gifts by Pat Debenham
6. The Proper Role of Government by Ezra Benson
7. Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis
8. Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
9. Preventative Religion by Harry Emerson Fosdick
10. On the Shoulders of Giants by Boyd Packer
11. The Olive Press by Truman Madsen
12. If you are Young, Uncynical and Idealistic by C. Terry Warner
(sorry, can't stop at 12)
13. Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington
14. 1776 by David McCullough
15. Any Calvin and Hobbes comic book
16. The Price We Paid by Andrew Olsen
17. Abinadi: The Man and the Message by Todd Parker
18. Flint by Louis L'amour
19. Careless Society by John McKnight
So as a Christmas gift I give you the joy of reading -the ability to go anywhere and anytime, to explore the depths of human thought and to bust outloug in laugher. Happy reading and Merry Christmas!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
1. Call an old friend you have not spoken with for the past five years but with whom you have shared some great times in the "old days"... Call them and tell them that you were thinking of them and how much you treasure their previous influence in your life.
2. Write a letter to one of your children (or one of your parents) and express your love for them. Tell them about a good memory you have from 20 years ago. Mail it today so it arrives just before Christmas.
3. Think of a friend or family member who has a talent that you admire. Call them and tell them that you recognize this gift of theirs; tell them of your admiration for them (be specific) and how their influence effects your life.
4. Be proactive and forgive someone with whom you have had a disagreement or who has offended you. Don't mention the offense, just express your love and desire to be friends/close to them.
5. Call a local public official, HOA board member, the nearest military institution, church officer or similar type of person and express your gratitude for their efforts to make your life better.
6. Find a teenager (preferably one who looks kind of weird), ask them their name and confess to them something like, "I remember when I was a teen ager... life was not always what I hoped it would be. I just want to tell you that I think you can do fantastic things."
7. Go to a store (not one of the mega-stores like Wal-Mart) and open doors for people as they walk in and walk out. Wish them a Merry Christmas.
8. Drive to the nearest retirement home and hug 5 people (if you are really feeling like living on the edge, thank them for their efforts to give us a better world than they had and wish them a Merry Christmas).
9. Take a cup or hot chocolate or a soda to the cross walk guard who is helping children cross the street.
10. Do something anonymously for someone.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
When I describe myself as “sentimental” I mean that my heart melts when I see the light in my children’s eyes as they fall asleep on Christmas eve. When I admit to being a romantic I mean that I get a high from planning a weekend getaway with my wife and leaving a trail of notes around the house that gradually breaks the news to her. I will shed a tear when moving away from dear friends but not when Mr. Darcy and Juliana (or whatever her name is) finally confess their undying love to each other.
So having got that straight, let me paint the direction of my blog entries for the remainder of the month. December, specifically because of Christmas, is my favorite period of the year. For me it is a little escape from the seriousness of the other eleven months. I have officially changed from my talk radio AM stations to the 24-7 holiday music channel. I will also change the tenor of my blog entries until after December 25th. The topics will now center on giving, memories, children, happy thoughts, friends, good food, redemption, trees, Chanukah, peace and goodwill toward men. In the spirit of giving and receiving, I will need your help.
For example, I will run a list of favorite and of suggested Christmas gifts. Please begin thinking of Christmases long, long ago and be ready to share your favorite gift (both the one you received and the one you gave). Stay tuned.
God bless us, everyone.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
(I apologize for not embedding the video here but a link is all I could manage. Women, click and enjoy. Men, watch and learn.)
Monday, December 1, 2008
My longterm and loyal readers will also know of my affinity to language and how it reflects our values and culture. You can guess my unbridled consternation to the transition of "Thanksgiving Day" to "Turkey Day".... what happened to the concept of "Thanks" supposedly at the center of this holiday. It has transitioned from a day of indulging in thanks to a day of indulging in turkey. That does not speak well of our secularly leaning society.
So, in this one man's attempt to turn the cultural tide I am not moving on until you help me with my endeavor to identify 1,000 blessings. I took out a leather bound journal on Thursday morning and committed to identifying 1,000 blessings which garnish my life. One thousand is surely a pittance of the boundless quantity of God's tender mercies that daily fall upon me. I am well on my way but thought I would make this a public endeavor. So I invite you to each contribute only 10 (more if you would like) of the blessings that fill your lives. Make a "comment" and list them here: