John is a poet and short fiction writer who enjoys collaborating on stories with other writers, and partaking in challenges.
Inspired by a Word Prompt ~ Happy
Each writer is unique, and we all have our own preferred ways of finding inspiration. Some of us have a hyperactive muse who never stops, and has more ideas than a writer can even keep up with. But others, like me, have muses who are lazy and who regularly go missing. I suspect there is some exotic location reserved specifically for runaway muses.
For that reason, I really look forward to prompts or challenges provided by my fellow writers. There are plenty of sites that offer online writing prompts for short stories especially. Sometimes I check these out but rarely find a topic that inspires me to write something.
I used to enjoy responding to Bill Holland’s picture prompts, but sadly they are no more, so now I look forward to Brenda Arledge’s ’Word Prompts Help Creativity’ to inspire me from time to time. It is amazing how many wonderful creative responses a one word prompt can illicit. So, thank you Brenda. I hope these poems adequately convey a message of what it is to be “happy.”
It was only a sunny smile,
and little it cost in the giving.
But like morning light it scattered the night
and made the day worth living.
— F. Scott Fitzgerald
"I believe that every human being has an innate desire for happiness and does not want to suffer. I also believe that the very purpose of life is to experience this happiness. I believe that each of us has the same potential to develop inner peace and thereby achieve happiness and joy.
Whether we are rich or poor, educated or uneducated, black or white, from the East or the West, our potential is equal. We are all the same, mentally and emotionally. Though some of us have larger noses and the color of our skin may differ slightly, physically we are basically the same. The differences are minor. Our mental and emotional similarity is what is important."
~ Dalai Lama
Happily Ever After
Are you really happy?
Do you know what brings you joy?
You need to embrace happiness,
Like a kid with a new toy.
Please tell me that you’re happy,
For that’s all I want for you.
So, tell me if you’re happy,
But when you answer please be true.
For if you are not happy,
I really need to know.
For if your happiness has fled,
My sunshine turns to snow.
It’s my goal to make you happy,
If I fail then I am sad.
I’ll sacrifice my own desires -
If you smile, then I’ll be glad.
So, are you really happy
With all aspects of your life?
If I cannot make you happy
It will cut me like a knife.
We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.
— Frederick Keonig
Imagine life’s a fairy-tale,
The evil witch, defeated,
The hated black knight, vanquished,
The greedy King unseated.
The frog becomes a prince once more,
The witch’s curse is broken,
A child afflicted with no voice,
Suddenly has spoken.
How do fairy tales all end
When all the drama’s over?
With that uplifting final line -
“They lived happily ever after!”
No one is always happy,
But we can be more than not.
And “happily ever after”
For you, that's what I want.
Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
What Makes Me Happy?
People ask, “What makes you happy?”
I answer, “I’m not sure.”
It’s not as simple as it sounds,
I’ve knocked on depression’s door.
But things that give me pleasure
Are more basic than the norm.
I’m happy just to live each day,
And wake up the next morn.
I am happy to be healthy,
And for the people in my life,
My sons, daughter, and grandchildren,
My friends, and loving wife.
I’m happy I found writing,
Something I love to do.
I’m happy for my author friends,
And to read what they write too.
It's a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy.
— Lucille Ball
I’m happy for my town and state,
And my country gives me pride.
I’m happy with time spent outdoors,
But also content inside.
Good music makes me happy,
Or watching sports I love.
And for the world around me,
I thank my God above.
To make other people happy
Is also my desire.
But what makes me the happiest
Is if my writing can inspire.
I don’t like death and dying,
Mass shootings make me sad.
The need for war and bloodshed,
In fact, it makes me mad.
But most people are caring,
Often good deeds are unfurled.
And that thought makes me happy
For the future of the world.
If you want happiness for an hour — take a nap.'
If you want happiness for a day — go fishing.
If you want happiness for a year — inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime — help someone else.
— Chinese Proverb
© 2022 John Hansen