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SoCS: Happy Places and Change on Planet Home Sweet Home

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Today’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “happy place.” Write the first thing that comes to mind when you think of “happy place.” Have fun!

When someone says, “Go to your happy place,” it could mean a real place, or a place you imagine in your mind. It’s nice if we have a happy place in our home. Mama Cat is sitting on my lap as I type this, watching Return of the Jedi on TNT. I don’t think Mama Cat is really watching, but my lap seems to be her happy place. In the evening, when Marley is in the back bedroom with David, Mama Cat goes between the couch and her catio. It’s her free time to wander the eastern side of the house.

Sometimes, our happy places can change. The ocean used to be one of my happy places, and I still love it, but not quite as much lately. Maybe it was the jelly fish sting from last year or the tiny organisms sometimes called “sea lice” that get caught in my swimsuit and make me itch for days. Still, the ocean is powerfully refreshing – just breathing the ocean air helps.

Here are some ocean photos. The last one is a painting I did many years ago:

Now, my happy place is likely to have a lot of trees. Even if I’m in the house, I want trees around the house, you know, outside. Not necessarily growing IN the house, though that is possible. A tree house would be nice, like the ewoks have, as long as I can build it without hurting the trees….

I went to look at videos of ewok village trees, like in the ending of Jedi, but the ending has fireworks. My happy place does not include fireworks unless they are quiet. Fireflies would definitely make me happy. Fireflies make me want to dance.

Speaking of happy place and sci fi, I read something surprising about William Shatner’s reaction to going into space for real. Stopping the stream to go find it. It came from FB. I hope it’s really true that he said this. FB didn’t sensor it, so maybe it is. If so, I admire his honesty.

Okay, so I started looking this up which took me way out of the stream of consciousness. Let me just mention that I have read elsewhere that he still has hope. I think the quote above came from his new book, Boldly Go: Reflections on a Life of Awe and Wonder. Sounds like a great title.

Quotes taken out of context can be misleading. I guess the main point for this post is that your happy place can change. That’s a good thing. If we have plenty of imagination, our happy place can always be with us. Still, I hope we can create more happy places on the real planet Earth. Because right now, there is no planet B. And even if there was, Earth is our home sweet home.

Fireflies still exist somewhere… Next time I see them, I will dance.

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

24 thoughts on “SoCS: Happy Places and Change on Planet Home Sweet Home

  1. I can understand his sense of a funeral instead of celebration. We all need to do our part to make this planet a safer, happier, place to leave the next generation.

  2. Beautiful painting, and wonderful ocean photos. We don’t live near a beach or ocean, or even many trees. I’d love to live in some woods, though.
    Interesting quote and thoughts from W.S. 🙂

    • Thanks. I’m glad you liked the painting and photo. Sometimes the trees block the view of the stars and meteor showers. Maybe you get to see a lot of stars? (I’m having trouble accessing your blog.)

      • We do get to see lots of stars as there aren’t many obstructions. Not sure why you’re having trouble getting to my blog?

        • Here’s the message I get for your blog: User joannaoftheforest Cannot Access the Dashboard Requested
          You are logged in as “joannaoftheforest” and do not have the necessary privileges to access the dashboard for “teleportingweena”. If you are not “joannaoftheforest”, please log out, and log back in with your username. If you are “joannaoftheforest” and you need access, please ask an administrator of the site to invite you.

  3. A nice reflection on happy places; whatever your medium you are an artist; such profound thoughts from William Shatner

  4. Wonderful thoughts! What Mr. Shatner had to say about his trip into space is so profound, I’m surprised it doesn’t seem to affect every person the same way it does us.

    • Thank you, Rose. I wonder how many people have seen Mr. Shatner’s message. It was a surprise to me. I’m thankful he had this awareness and told the truth.

  5. My happy place has also changed over my lifetime. Considering that several of our happy places are disappearing due to wildfires, drought, floods, super storms, and more, I think that it has become even more important to find/create new happy places. Thanks for sharing William Shatner’s reaction to going into space. We take the happy places of our “warm nurturing of Earth” for granted.

    • I’m sorry the happy places are disappearing, especially there on the west coast. Even I forget sometimes to fully appreciate Mother Earth. May we protect her happy places.

  6. Great post for SoCS, JoAnna. I have to say, I really like your painting. Shatner’s quote certainly does make us think.

  7. Thank you for sharing a part of your world and painting!!… I just follow my heart and it tells me where my happy place is… 🙂

    Until we meet again…
    There are good ships and there a wood ships
    The ships that sail the sea,
    But the best ships are friendships
    And may they always be!
    (Irish Saying)

  8. I have a fondness for both of your happy places JoAnna along with the Rocky Mountains. I’m overdue for some Rocky Mountain Highs! 😛

    • I used to long for the Rockies, which I’ve never seen, but the Appalachians are pretty nice too, older and gentler like “Grandfather Mountain.” I hope you get some Rocky Mountain Highs soon, Brad. In the meantime, I know you’re finding moments of joy and beauty where you are.

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