So it goes…

Hi HappyGumbo readers!

Happy New Year!

I have some big news: I have been given an opportunity to pursue a lifelong dream by a very generous, beneficent person. And, I’m going to go for it.

I’m calling it a sabbatical and I intend for HappyGumbo to return to Webdom someday, sooner than later. Until then I am using HappyGumbo as a reference site and a good source for some positive input.

It’s been a daily pleasure for me to rise and think of Happy’s readers and the day’s post. I thank you all for your attentions!

Until then, wish me luck and I’ll wish you the best year ever!

“I’m always thinking about creating. My future starts when I wake up every morning… Every day I find something creative to do with my life.”
Miles Davis

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See you next year!

HappyGumbo will return in 2013 with more tips and tricks that make life easier and happier. Until then . . . be good, for goodness sake!

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If you have much, give of your wealth; if you have little, give of your heart. Arab Proverb

Seasons Greetings!

However and whatever you celebrate, HappyGumbo has a Gift for you this holiday season. It’s given with sincerity and friendship.

It’s a gift perfect for Winter and the short, dark days and warm, homey environs.

It is a gift of Meaning and Perspective, Joy and Wisdom.

It is a gift that can change your day, or mind, or life!

It is a gift that has won awards for excellence.

It is a gift that will cost $10 or $15 online.

“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” Kahlil Gibran

It is the graphic novelette, “Daytripper”, by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba. It is a story of a man and his life and his life’s paths. Yet, it is simple and direct and requires little time to read, of course; HappyGumbo values time and believes wisdom can be precise and quick-to-come.

The artwork is a memorable dreamscape. The writing is adroit yet simple; and there isn’t much of it. It’s less of a read and more of an experience. It really is a special piece of art.

I hope you will treat yourself to this treasure. Some art touches our heart and opens our eyes and brightens our mind . . . this is such a piece of art. If you do treat yourself to this gift I can make a promise: after reading it, you will think of someone else who should read it, who would like to read it, too. It’s that kind of book.

Daytripper Book


Since reading “Daytripper”, my only question is: “Do I pass it on to someone or keep it to read again, and again someday?”

“A book is a gift you can open again and again.” Garrison Keller

I post every Monday thru Thursday and I will have some very good ones next week. Until then, stay warm and have fun!

“Every gift from a friend is a wish for your happiness.” Richard Bach

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“Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday” Don Marquis

I saw the movie Lincoln last night. Daniel Day-Lewis has created another brilliant and immersive performance. And it was a blast-from-the-past to see Sally Field again; from Smokey and the Bandit to, perhaps, another chance at Oscar. It was fun spending a cold night in a warm, dark theater. Big movies open this coming weekend, too.

Today HappyGumbo links to a post that deals very honestly with procrastination. It begins with the admittance that procrastination actually feels good, feels easy and comfortable. He lists three reasons procrastination feels right, the last of which is fear of success. Talk about honesty!

“We are so scared of being judged that we look for every excuse to procrastinate.” Erica Jong

The article lists six ideas for getting past putting-things-off. I most like the idea of overcoming procrastination by doing something for just three minutes. Like he says, you can do anything for just three minutes. He explains the opportunity to expand the time to five minutes, then ten, then twenty-five; also, sometimes, once we start working, it feels so good to be working towards our goal, we don’t stop when the timer goes off.

Procrastination Clock

Do It Now

This piece is extremely well written; it is outlined, it is humorous, and it’s helpful. I enjoyed reading it, even aside from the insights. It’s always good to think about ways to improve, ways to overcome, and this post may spark a change for you, too. Check it out!

Get Past Procrastination

“Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.” Mark Twain

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“What’s it all about, Alfie?”

It’s cold weather and it’s very cold . . . protect the plants cold, retrieve the extra blanket cold, two pair of socks cold. I hope you are staying warm!

This the purpose of this site, this is what it’s all about:
HappyGumbo is intended to take only a few minutes of your time, certainly less than five. Monday through Thursday Happy will pass on provocative tids-and-bits. If an idea appeals to you, try it; if not, look again tomorrow. HappyGumbo offers many ways and various means but you needn’t agree with all of it; after all, you wouldn’t go shopping and have to buy the store.

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” Rumi

HappyGumbo wants to be a resource of things-to-consider. Maybe they’ll make sense, maybe they’ll be easy to try, maybe they’ll work, maybe they’ll be worth doing more. Or maybe not. Either way it is the input that is most important. With proper input it becomes possible to utilize the wonderful tools life provides.

“It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy.” Lucille Ball

Lucille Ball promo for I Love Lucy

Lucille Ball

Each of us requires different methods to make us happy and successful; while some things are universally applicable, we all have a place-and-time that is unique. (Isn’t life interesting!) This site intends to provide a scattershot approach to all the stuff that can make life easier and happier. Some of it will be for you!

“At the center of your being
you have the answer;
you know who you are
and you know what you want.” Lao Tzu

But don’t push, never force it. When you are needful and ready then it will appeal to you. If it is meant to be, then it will be. You will know.

“So all that is said of the wise man by Stoic or Oriental or modern essayist, describes to each reader his own idea, describes his unattained but attainable self.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The only questions that really matter are the ones you ask yourself.” Ursula K. Le Guin

“We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves otherwise we harden.” Johann von Goethe

“Without change, something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens.” Frank Herbert

“You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.” Jim Rohn

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“Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.” Oscar Wilde

All right! Another Monday, another week, and another beginning. Beginnings are opportunities and each week is a sort of mini-beginning, a restart to the race. Today I plan on spending more time than is usual doing some writing which would be a good beginning for me, personally. I hope your start is a great one, too.

Thursday past HappyGumbo’s post was encouragement to be who you wish to be, act as you would like others to perceive you, become the person you most admire. In keeping with that, today’s repost is a little gem of perspective with a tiny talisman of wisdom.

London’s Underground train system continually advises passengers to “mind the gap.” This refers to the gap between the train door and the platform floor. It’s analagous to “watch your step.”

"Mind the gap" sign on train platform

Find the gap then mind the gap.

In the movie “Notes on a Scandal” Dame Judi Dench’s character, Sheba Hart, mutters to herself “mind the gap…”

Later in the film she tells that her father would say “mind the gap” and she explains it’s the “distance between life as you dream it and life as it is.” (Dench’s character doesn’t have dreams as in aspirations and goals; no, she has imagined a close, personal, strange relationship with the Cate Blanchett character that in no way exists. The connotation of “dream” is usually either sleeping visions or conscious goals; however, Dench’s character has only imaginings. For her, the gap is between her imagination and reality.)

I see an interesting correlation between this and another maxim I first heard in eighth grade from my science teacher, Mr. Weinke. He was short with dark hair, graying beard, wire-rim spectacles, a slight Germanic accent, and always wore a dark suit with tie. He could’ve stepped out of a group picture of Einstein and Bohr and Heisenberg.

Eistein and Bohr and other scientist sit together for photograph.

There will be suits, and ties.

He told us, “There are three of you…” and he paused, letting the strange and untrue statement sink into a classroom of teenage brains. (Mr. Weinke was a man of drama, once offering extra credit to whomever would take a drink of his glycerin concoction. I drank it and it the texture was weird and the taste was kind of gross and I got extra credit.) Smiling, he explained, “There is the you that you think you are; there is the you that others think you are; and there is the you that you really are.”

As Cosmo Kraemer might say, “You just blew my mind!”

Considering the fallacies possible in self-perception, and considering the varied ways a person can be perceived, and knowing that, in the end, we are what we are, it becomes very clear that we should “mind the gap.”

“Be yourself, not your idea of what you think somebody else’s idea of yourself should be.” Henry David Thoreau

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“Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life.” Golda Meir

Another Thursday and that’s terrific in my book! The weekend is just around the corner and Friday is the end of the work week which makes Thursday an easy day for me, it always has been. Also, Thursday is named after Thor, the Norse god of Thunder, which is definitely kind of cool. The ancient Greeks named Thursday after their supreme diety Zeus, who was also god of the heavens; again, kind of cool.

Zeus on a cloud readying to throw a bolt

Zeus and and a bolt of . . . thunder!

Today is a Quotes Day. I like finding and organizing quotes around a single topic. The idea for this stream of quotations is to be who you wish to be, act as you would like others to perceive you, become the person you most admire.

“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Become your best vision of yourself. Reflect upon your core-standards then live-up to those traits: visualize and act! Recognize the opportunities to act in accordance with your standards and then do it.

Just do it.

Long ago I decided to be an honest person, to tell the truth. Sometimes it can be very difficult, I admit, and I have failed some over the years; but, I want to be known as an honest person and I want my heart to believe in honesty, so I do it. Often the chance to deceive or skirt-the-truth presents itself and that is the opportunity to be who I have decided to be. It’s my big chance! And every time I decide to tell the truth I am the honest person I think I should be. Now that’s some powerful ability! And every one of us has that power, the power of self-creation.

“All of us have wonders hidden in our breasts, only needing circumstances to evoke them.” Charles Dickens

Enjoy the quotes and have a great weekend!

“A person can only grow as much as his horizon allows.” John Powell

“Just as much as we see in others we have in ourselves.” William Hazlitt

“The way you treat yourself sets the standard for others.” Sonya Friedman

“Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Tis in ourselves that we are thus or thus.” William Shakespeare

“What a man thinks of himself, that it is which determines, or rather indicates his fate.” Henry David Thoreau

“You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.” Dr. Suess

“You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.” Michael Jordan

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“If you believe, clap your hands!” James Barrie

Last night we just chilled and streamed a few episodes of Torchwood. I spent the day being very, very busy going from one task to another, so a night of doing not-much was a good ending to a productive day.

Today I repost something from 2011. I like reposts and here’s why: countless times I have gleaned more from a source when I examine it again in a different mood and at a different time. For me it is true that once-read is half-learned.

Here is a simple thing that can ease your mind and reset the moment. Deliberately clap your hands three times. Do it anyway you want, whatever feels right for you; snap your fingers if that better suits the situation. But, be sure to do it purposely and with full intention and focus; let nothing interfere in those couple of seconds of “clap clap clap”. I know that those clap claps are meant to refresh my energy, my thoughts, and my situation; when I allow that to happen I empower the act of clap-clap-clap. And, it works for me! It allows me to let-it-go and move on to something more engaging, more positive, and more productive.

Usually, I “clap-clap . . . CLAP!”

Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing together for joy. Psalms 98:8

Something about the sound and the anomaly of three, deliberative claps changes the moment and feels like a reset. I find it to be empowering because it clears the mind’s thoughts and transforms the moment’s energy. It breaks-the-spell, so to speak.

“Will the people in the cheap seats clap your hands. And the rest of you, if you’ll just rattle your jewelry.” John Lennon

At the grocery or gym or on the sidewalk or sitting at a red light, at home, work, almost anywhere, I just clap-clap-CLAP! Sure, it must look supercilious; yet, never have I noticed a negative reaction. Occasionally I do attract some smiles; people like enthusiasm and appreciate something out of the mundane, I suppose.

I think you’ll like it, too. Try it! It works!

“Clap hands, that’s right…clap hands, clap hands, that’s right…clap hands, clap-clap hands.” Beck

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