Is Life Really About Finding Joy? and What is That Blasted Beeping?

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One blog I enjoy is Samira’s Notebook . The other day she listed Happy Quotes which were amusing as well as happy. But number 3 caught my eye and mind. It was a quote attributed to Audrey Hepburn ”The most important thing is to enjoy your life, to be happy. It’s all that matters.’

A few months ago I did a meditation with a Buddhist monk who, at one point, said something about The Purpose is finding Happiness.

None of this feels right to me. I believe happiness is a lovely thing to have but is transient and comes and goes. Life is hard, has challenges, and it is the moments of happiness or joy that strengthen us for the inevitable storms. I think the Most Important thing is something else, but I am not sure I can adequately explain it.

What do you think the most important thing in life is?

Oh! and that blasted beeping thing?

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I have way too many devices. So this morning as usual I am sitting in bed checking my iPad for emails, news, blog notices, etc.

And from somewhere in my apartment there came a beep. Repeatedly. Probably 3 or 4 seconds apart. Now I had a very interrupted sleep last night for no good reason I could ascertain. (I now blame THE BEEP).

I went from room to room to determine location then back to my bedroom.


I looked around. What did I have nearby?

1 iPad. Not the beeper

1 iPhone 12 – not sure but don’t think that is it.

1 old Samsung Galaxy A10, not used as a phone but to play music and use an indoor temperature app I can’t find for iPhone.

Very old Acer Laptop I use strictly as a word processor when writing away from my desk. It is so light.

So I take the Samsung and the Acer out to the living room.

AHA! It is definitely one of them. BEEP

Turns out it was the Samsung needing some kind of attention to One Note which did not show on alerts. Finally.

Just now – another beep. Turns out it was my Wannabe Fitbit JyouPro that I got from Walmart for $19 on sale from $99 two years ago and does everything that FitBit does. It was signalling that it was fully charged.

I either need to streamline my gadgets or get a new one that identifies sleep-disturbing beeps.

Say, it’s minus 12C here at north of 43 on this January 7th, 2022. True winter has settled in, and there was JB a world apart buying summer flowers for the garden yesterday!

May you find some resemblance of peace or whatever you think is the important thing in life today!

Chris G