The Choice

Daily Prompt: None

I believe that happiness is a conscious choice.  It’s a decision you make from the minute you open your eyes in the morning until you close them at night.  A choice that becomes a living part of who you are.

When I was raising my children I tried to teach them about about taking responsibility for the choices you make in life.  As they got older, I would tell them that if they decided to choose to break the rules at home or at school they were also choosing the consequences of their actions.  If you stayed out after curfew you were grounded.  If you didn’t do your assignments, grounded.  You can see where I am going with this.

But, I also tried to instill in them the importance for choosing happiness.  For delighting in the beauty of our world.  The colors of  the seasons.  The support and camaraderie in good friendships, the benefit of a good education.  The love of their family.  The joy of honest competition.  To choose to be happy with who and what they are.  To learn that happiness is not measured in what you have but who you are as a person.  To be happy with the many, little things that make up everyday life.


Weekly Photo Challenge:  Danger!


I took this picture in August 1958 while I was traveling with my family to Seattle, Washington for my uncle’s wedding.  I turned 7 in September.  We made many stops along the way.  This stop was in Yellowstone National Park.  I was fascinated with the geysers there.  The water in the geysers was very colorful.  It’s a shame that when I was visiting the park there was no color film.  It was interesting how you could walk among them on wooden pathways. Many signs like this one were all over warning that the crust was thin and dangerous.

I have recently been going through my pictures sorting them and dividing them up for each of my children.  I had recently seen this album and when I saw the daily prompt today I thought that this picture summed it up quite nicely.

The pictures from this trip were mostly taken by my dad, but he let me take several too. We used a vintage Kodak Duaflex II.  When I got older he gave me the camera and I used it for years until I was given a new Kodak Instamatic camera.

It’s only been since the 90’s that I have gotten back into photography.