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Morning greets me through the bedroom window.

Morning greets me through the bedroom window.

Good Morning to Blue Sky.

With gum leaves and gum nuts.

With gum leaves and gum nuts

 Up one level gets the best view, as well as the fresh air filtering through the eucalyptus leaves, then coming in my window, on the gentle morning breeze. It is great to be alive, I am one fortunate fellow.

I am greeted by a family of little friends.

I am greeted by a family of little friends.

Looking at those beautiful gum nuts, reminds me of my childhood when reading May Gibbs book Bib ‘n’ Bub, I imagined how those gum nuts would have been when in blossom covered in bees. They are still beautiful; I will get my camera, they deserve a photo.

Life is full of surprises if we are aware.

Life is full of surprises if we are aware.

Lucky Jack, if there is someone up there, he has turned it on for me. The bees have stopped visiting, but the birds are visiting this morning and I have my camera ready. Click, click, click you have to be quick, I think I’ve got them.

Natures  sweet gift today is like Christmas.

Natures sweet gift today is like Christmas.

Pauline will be starving! I will go make breakfast, I like making it just right,  I look at the colours and patterns while cutting up  fruit and add dried fruit,  today we have a dragon fruit fresh from the house garden.

Dragon fruit tastes as good as it looks.

Dragon fruit tastes as good as it looks.

“Don’t play with your food, hurry up.” Mothers say. I like to enjoy both preparing and eating my food. Why rush something as enjoyable as food. Savour every morsel. It is one of life’s necessities, like air we cannot live without it. Yet people are oblivious to this fact until they are deprived of them. Same as with our health, we are unhappy if we are sick and ailing but are we happy and grateful to be free of pain and not suffering?

See fruit looks great and healther than Coccopops.

See fruit looks great and healthier than Coccopops.

Get with it, wake up and live, the morning is beautiful and sunny. Yesterday was wonderful and rainy; the garden loved it, so did I. When I saw a puddle I felt like paddling bare foot in it, but I acted my age, how stupid of me.

Come and get it! and lemon grass tea from the garden too.

Come and get it! and lemon grass tea from the garden too.

Many years ago on my first visit to England a young lady took me for a drive around the Lakes District. She apologised for the English weather, I saw nothing to apologise for, it was beautiful. I think I saw it at its best, like a beautiful water coloured painting.

Water another of life's necessities often not appreciated.

Water another of life’s necessities often not appreciated.

Life is always wonderful it is the way we sometimes look at it that is twisted and distorted. At 82 I have to expect some wear to occur as payment for the good times. All the scars and wrinkles are badges won in the battle field of life’s pleasures. That is the only field to fight in. In the field of fun give it your best shot the battle must be fought and won.

Sunset in a rain clouded sky.

Sunset in a rain clouded sky.

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Both beauties.

Both beauties.

Lucky Jack.

The Captain and Cabin Boy.

The Captain and Cabin Boy.

I have often been called Happy Jack or Lucky Jack. I wonder is it because I am happy that I am lucky or am I lucky because I am happy and smile a lot? People ask, “Why are you always smiling?” “It is vanity the wrinkles are rearranged and I look better.” I joke. In fact I am advertising a good emotional state. People know I am friendly it is a win-win situation that promotes good.

Not this young, this is my grandson, but similar smile.

Not this young, this is my grandson, but similar smile.

I hitchhiked most of my way around the world in the sixties. I was young the world was mine; mankind was at the peak of extravagance, before thoughts of conservation, I had not realized there was a limit to the world’s resources. Success in thumbing a ride relies on your appearance, clean and tidy, not too big a bag and most important a smile. Choose an easy and safe place for your lift to pull-up and it is a good idea to display a sign showing where you going to.

 Happy jack smiles run in the family.

Happy jack smiles run in the family.

When the lifts are scarce and the sky is clouding over it is easy to forget to smile and instead get a worried look on your face. The driver has to make a snap decision and cannot decide what the desperate grim look means so does not take the risk. I learned a smile is the same in any language it says “I am happy, at ease and friendly.” People are attracted and respond positively to a smile.

Smiles are like boomerangs they return.

Smiles are like boomerangs they return.

I feel sorry for people who look for sympathy airing their troubles with a dismal gloomy face. Many people burdening others with their hard luck stories. What they do not realize is they are keeping their troubles alive, magnifying them and turning friends away. I feel admiration and compassion for a person that smiles when plagued by misfortune.

Smiles are beautiful in any language.

Smiles are beautiful in any language.

The way to improve your chances, not only in getting a free ride, is a sincere smile. By caring, being helpful and being friendly your chances of making new friends increases and it starts with a smile. When you increase your circle of friends you increase your good fortune. The more friends you have the more chance you have of hearing about opportunities that can benefit you. It is called networking in business circles in religious groups it would be fellowship and in all walks of life it is commonsense. Smiling, being helpful and friendly promotes happiness and luck.

Smiles love and peace a bit of reggae.

Smiles love and peace a bit of reggae.

An example, Pauline and I went to at a music venue we got there early. Sat at a table in a good position all available tables were soon taken. There were no empty tables but some unoccupied seats. Two seats were available at our table. Four people came in looking for a place. I smiled and said “There is room at this table you just need two more chairs.” After introductions we became friends, Terry belonged to a ukulele club and invited me along next time they met. I was looking for a ukulele club but none were advertised in the area. I went along and made more friends willing to pass on their knowledge. I am really lucky and the nicer I am to other people the luckier I get.

Be happy smile don't worry.

Be happy smile don’t worry.

The music was lively blues guitar; everyone was rocking or tapping their feet to the music. I let the music take me out on to the dance floor and did a solo uninhibited dance. I am not worried if people think I am a crazy old bloke or high on loco-weed. Musicians play better if they have an appreciative audience. I am the detonator that set others off dancing, it only takes one and others lose their self-consciousness. I do not need any stimulants other than the music, two beers is my limit. As for marijuana, one must be careful as it is sometimes mixed with other substances. You are pushing your luck if you try drugs to make you feel good. All that is needed is music a smile and good attitude.

Music, and loving smiles it is family trait.

Music, and loving smiles it is family trait.

Music is a good way to psyche you into a good mood. On a treadmill in a gym is a good cardiovascular exercise but dancing is also a great workout. I am no longer young and fit but I now realize the world is not mine to exploit. Simple pleasures are the best the higher you go the further you can fall. Sharing a meal with friends is one of the most enjoyable things you can do. Smile and be kind to others, if you are lucky the meal you share will not be your last.

Smiles make us one loving family.

Smiles make us one loving family.

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This was home not so long ago.

This was home not so long ago.

Good fortune.

Ring of friends or birds of a feather.

Ring of friends or birds of a feather.

Your luck depends on your attitude. If you throw a smile into a pool of people, it will radiate out same as a ripple from a stone would in a pool of water in ever enlarging circle. Smiles are very infectious if you smile, somewhere in that pool of people, a smile will bounce right back. That is a link in your chain of luck.

Linked together.

Linked together.

The more links in your chain of luck the more you will smile. This increases your circle of friends like ripples around you changing your luck. It is a chain reaction that changes your outlook. A positive optimistic attitude increases your popularity and you will want to respond with cheerful kind and caring actions. You will attract positive like-minded people increasing the links in your long chain of friends. Here is a cliché ‘friends are worth more than gold’ this has been repeated so often because it is true. Friends have your welfare at heart they tip you off to good stuff and warn you of dangers.

This spideris beautiful and not dangerous.

This spider is beautiful and not dangerous.

Smile, be mister nice guy and you will have luck, but for your luck to last you must strengthen those links in your chain of friends. To do this you need to be reciprocal by caring and sharing. Out in the big pond it is the people with the right attitude, honest and trustworthy that are always welcome. The irony of luck is when you share your good fortune your luck increases. When you achieve this you will be respected and opportunities will pop up from unexpected places. The more links in your chain the more chances you have of winning and the stronger the links the luckier you will be.

Everyone is beautiful when they smile.

Everyone is beautiful when they smile.

In business this is called networking, like a web stretching out in all directions, catching food for the big business spider. Statistic shows that networking pays off for business people but this is not luck this is a numbers game and not always sincere. Links built on genuine unselfishness that are of mutual benefit will bring rewards of happiness and contentment. Sales people who work in a forthright way do well in the long run by referrals. To share and help others does have a chain reaction that brings good fortune.

Don't push your luck.

Don’t push your luck.

These are old hackney clichés ‘It is better to give than receive,’ ‘As you sow so will you reap’. We have stopped repeating them because they are not original. You do not have to be a parrot repeating them, you only need to remember them and practice them and you will have good fortune. If you want to become a lucky person you must share your good fortune. Then you will not want luck you will have all you want in abundance, no chains attached, a free windfall, a winner without even buying a ticket you will be a smiling success. You will live a charmed life protected from harm and be a positive force attracting favorable conditions.

Web

Like a web attracts morning dew drops.

Your destiny is governed by your deeds. Knowing yourself is to become aware of your moods and feelings. With this knowledge you can control your thoughts. Your thoughts have the power to elevate you from depression to joy. Think of all you have, not what you are lacking. Concentrate on the blessings in your life and be thankful. There are many less fortunate, concentrate on how you can help them. Forget yourself and your attitude will change from ‘poor me’  to “I am lucky”.

Beauty reflected in the circle.

Beauty reflected in the circle.

Unaware of your feelings of impatience you will become agitated, and then get angry. Ignorant of your feelings of anger you blame others. When you are mindful, observing your feelings, you will change your thoughts and stay calm. Look at inconveniences as an opportunity to practice patience and self-control. No one makes you angry they may irritate, annoy and test your patience, but you are at fault if you allow yourself to lose your temper. When people criticize you do not be upset, if it is valid they are doing you a favor, as when you are aware of faults you can take steps to fix them. If the censure is groundless or hurtful it is foolish to get annoyed, stay calm and composed. Thoughtful, right actions contribute to your wellbeing as well as your good fortune. This is how to become one of the lucky ones.

Don't worry he will not hurt you.

Don’t worry he will not hurt you.

Does worry help, most of the things we worry about never happen?  

   

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