Rockin’ & Talkin’ – Ways to work on personal happiness

Zee Chevalier's monthly column about what's happening with the Clinton Seniors Association.

January dreams its heart in snow, twirling, swirling, off the flakes go, powdering the earth in white on this sparkling winter’s night.

-Emma Payne

A new year, a clean slate, as it were, new beginnings. What will you do? What will you achieve this year?

In 2015 I gave you a year of ideas for self-improvement in many areas of your life. Perhaps you adopted some of those ideas and they produced results so you’ll carry on with more of the same.

Whatever you do, be kind to yourself. Stay safe and healthy. A faithful reader submitted these observations as a follow up to the December column and my thoughts about happiness. Thanks to Rob.

Happiness is a tough goal to achieve. Many people pursue happiness only to find that they never quite reach it. There is always something more to want, something bigger or better or newer.  We are in a very materialistic world.

Really, the only way to get happiness is to give it away. Provide friends, families, strangers, coworkers with some of your time and good energy. If you see a need somewhere, fill it. Give away a smile, a handshake or a hug. Have people over for dinner, help shovel a walkway, split some firewood, paint a fence, you know what I am talking about.

And do it gladly. Do not feel like you are burdening yourself. You are not obligated but you should be wanting to do good things. It’s a pleasure to be a good person. So quit pursuing happiness. Give it away and let it pursue you.

Clinton seniors and guests had an enjoyable Christmas party on Dec. 8. In lieu of a gift exchange, members make a donation of money.  Some guests contribute as well. Names are in for a draw. The person whose name is drawn chooses a charity to be the recipient of the total amount contributed.

This year Sandi Burrage was happy to send $270 to Children’s Hospital in the name of the Clinton Seniors Association.  Well done!  Thank you all!

Colleen Thom, RN, will be at the Clinton Seniors Centre, 217 Smith Avenue,  January 14 and 15 for the Foot Care Clinic.  To discuss your foot care needs or to book an appointment call 1-250-819-1632.

Seniors will meet for lunch Jan. 7 at the Cordial.

Next regular General meeting is Jan. 21 at the Clinton Seniors Centre, 217 Smith Avenue.  Come and join us! Annual membership fee is $15.

Happy New Year to all and Happy Birthday greetings to Zee Chevalier Jan. 29.

None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.

–  Henry David Thoreau

Zee Chevalier

Just Posted

Prescribed burns to take place around Lytton, Spences Bridge

BC Wildfire Service will only conduct burns if conditions permit

Flooding hits Highway 97 north of Cache Creek

Recent warm temperatures are causing an increase in flooding on area roads

Elizabeth May feels people are looking at the Green Party with new eyes

Green Party leader is hoping for a breakthrough for her party in the October federal election

Cache Creek Softball Association gears up for another season

Organizers are looking for people of all ages from throughout the area

New library program lets patrons research their ancestry

Ancestry Library allows anyone to research their family tree for free

‘Full worm super moon’ to illuminate B.C. skies on first day of spring

Spring has sprung, a moon named in honour of thawing soil marks final super moon until 2020

Free app launches to help immigrants, refugees as they settle in B.C.

Mobile app Arrival Advisor was developed by Vancouver-based non-profit PeaceGeeks

Catch-up immunization aims to stamp out B.C. measles resurgence

Vaccination records to be checked at B.C. schools next fall

Bodies of two missing teens recovered in reservoir along Kootenay river

Volkswagen Beetle drove off the road down a steep embankment and into the Pend d’Oreille River Sunday

40 records broken across B.C. as hot streak continues

Abbotsford hottest spot in Canada on Tuesday

B.C. wildfire prevention budget bulked up as dry spring unfolds

Night vision goggles tested for early detection effort

Vancouver driver ticketed twice within 6 minutes for same offence

The man was written up by two different officers for using an electronic device

B.C. teacher reprimanded after incident with Grade 11 student in school gym

Gregory Norman Brock was teaching at a high school in the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows School District

B.C. man ‘parks’ horse during liquor store pit stop

As long as animal wasn’t jaywalking, no problem, says Parksville official

Most Read