Finding happiness is a theme that runs throughout my novels and short stories. When characters search for happiness, they make important realizations about life and how to live it. In Olive Branches Don’t Grow On Trees, Silvia learns that happiness isn’t possible without inner peace. In Discovery of an Eagle, Cosmo learns that he must seize the day and stop waiting for tomorrow to be happy because the day is all he has. In Just Bring Your Own Food, Stacy finds a way to hang on to her job and learns the satisfaction of sticking things out. I’m still learning many of these lessons myself, and having my characters work through these lessons in story helps me to learn them more deeply.
Happiness is not only important on an individual level, but on a global level as well. That is, if people were happier, they might not make so much trouble in the world. Truly happy people don’t create wars or go on unending destructive quests for material wealth. Happiness doesn’t love or need company the way misery does. Even more, happy people don’t look outside of themselves for a sense of well being.
My next series of posts will be about how my characters learn and discover various secrets to finding happiness. I will also be including a post that will give a glimpse into my new novel which also features the Greco family and is entitled A Very Rich Poor Man.
Stay tuned for more talk of happiness.