Saturday, July 15, 2006


Mick Jagger sang that he couldn't get any.

Maybe he was searching too hard, or looking for it in the wrong places.

I've found satisfaction in such small tasks as balancing the checkbook. (Got a bank statement in the mail today, so made sure my check register had the right total. It did! It doesn't always, so it feels good when it does.)

I find satisfaction in a good golf shot. Even though most (or all) of the others in a round may not be that good. The one (or several) good ones provide enough of that elusive emotion that I want to keep playing the game.

Wait... Is satisfaction an emotion? It seems to be one. Any thoughts on that?

I also find satisfaction in completing a routine task. Today, for example, I managed to get the entire yard mowed and most of it trimmed and edged as well (you know— with a weed-eater, or string trimmer?)

It feels good, even if the feeling is fleeting because the effects of the accomplishment are short-lived.

So what's my point? Today (Saturday) I managed to get the yard mowed and trimmed, the checkbook balanced and reconciled with the bank statement, and we played 18 holes of golf during which I managed to hit a few really good shots. Like the tee shot on the par 3 third hole at our home course; it stopped less than a foot from the hole! Woo-Hoo!!

My wife loves me, life is good, and despite Mick's lament I feel pretty satisfied.

I know—I'm easily entertained and made happy.

But still, it's a good feeling.


Miss Cellania said...

There ya go! There are two ways to be happy: 1. Pursue what makes you happy, and 2. Be happy with what you have. Both are valid, but #2 is guaranteed to succeed.

Plus, the older and wiser you are, the easier it is to be happy.

Candace said...

This is kinda similar to what I just posted on my blog - about being easily amused! Or a cheap date, depending.

Michelle said...

I have days like that, and just like you, I feel satisfied and its a good feeling.

There is a saying I have up in my home office: If you love the life you live .... you will live a life of love.

Have a fulfilling and satisfying week.

M.E Ellis said...

Oh I just LOVE life! I'm satisfied with my lot. Lovely feeling.


Christina said...

I agree with Miss Cellania. words of wisdom.

Hale McKay said...

John, I thought you might get a kick out oy my golf posting - "Golf, A Volkswagen Model?" Christina commented on it already.