I find as I get older, that in much of the rest of my life, my time could be spent wisely, if I just remember one premise, happiness is...
So many times I let situations dictate how my happiness moves, but I found that to be completely foolish, as really the only thing that matters is to be content.
I won't ever be rich (at least not by Hollywood standards), but I find, looking around at all those folks who have that kind of dough, and they are freakin' miserable, hence, the reason you see so many hooked on their devices, ie. drugs,food, risky sex and etc.
My health isn't the best, but being happy and fulfilled in the health that I do have, I treasure every moment, and if you see me flitting around town, or see me on stage, you'll know instantly that I don't let too much get me down.
It is hard sometimes to walk in this life, and do the things that you may really desire to do, but don't let that stand in the way of your happiness. It does not depend on any material thing, it does not depend on any monetary thing; but what it does depend on is you buying into the notion that happiness is. Of course what the is is, depends on your point of view.
For me, being a musician is, being a Dad, really is, being a Granddad, really really is.
Sure, I've had more than my share of disappointments, who hasn't, but even in those I try to find a way to smile, even through my tears.
Stevie Wonder has a song called "Joy Inside My Tears," in which he says "you made life's history, cause you brought me joy inside my tears..."man, that is a very heavy statement.
My Mother was always fond of the statement,"every cloud has a silver lining." These days the poignancy of that line greets me regularly. Death is an often very difficult pill to swallow, and when you lose a loved one at their own hand, that pill is like trying to swallow a bowling ball. Somewhere in your sorrows though, it is imperative to find where the happiness is.
When I lost my wife and son, I had to remember that she told me long before she passed, that I should use any legitimate means to be happy.
I find myself these days looking around my home, or looking at pictures, or remembering stories of our times together, and I just smile really big, or laugh out loud...that was her mantra.
Many, or most of us here have had tragedy in our lives, it's what drew us together, and spurred the creation of Messages For Hope. In all of our combined sorrow, and the anguish we all face, or are facing, the ironic beauty, is that together we are making inroads back to fulfillment, and fighting our way back to some air of joy. We realize the importance of this in the name of our loved ones, and through faith and togetherness; we will arrive at that destination, because happiness is...NECESSARY...
Remember, everyday in every way, you are worthy...