If Emotions Were My Friends

The six basic human emotions are: happiness, sadness, anger, surprise, disgust, fear. Now, if these emotions were my friends, they would be personified as thus— … Happiness would be a guy—effervescent, charming, Golden Boy. Now this boy, I love having around (as does everyone else). But Happiness is not the type who likes to stay […]

Joie de Vivre

As it may have been apparent in my previous post, 2016 saw me lose a lot of joie de vivre (French for ‘joy of living’ / ‘cheerful enjoyment of life’). I was utterly busy yet numbed, bored, and occasionally hopeless. The exhaustion left me very little to enjoy anything else. People tell me I work […]

A Visit to the Orphanage

We went to an orphanage last weekend. In that shelter, there were teenagers, school-aged children, pre-schoolers, toddlers, infants. There were babies as young as 3 weeks old. … There was a mix of personalities and temperaments in that place. Some kids smiled a lot and were bubbly and energetic, while others were shy and awfully […]