Choosing To Be Happy – No. 11

Maggie at Site 23
Maggie at Camp Shelly’s Site 23 Hill

My gear-head daughter, HAD, recently sent me an article from the Huffington Post on “The Habits Of Supremely Happy People”. There are many good points, which I won’t repeat here, but the one that really struck me is “happy people devote some of their time to giving”. As I read this point I pondered all the times I’ve helped someone and recalled that I usually came away feeling happy. In the picture below I was volunteering my time at Camp Shelly by helping relocate a food storage locker, also known as a bear box, from the bottom of a hill to the top. Site 23 was not very popular because every time you needed something you would have to walk down a fairly steep trail about 20 yards, get what you needed, and then back up. Being at a high altitude, about 6500 feet, us flatlanders would usually huff and puff due to the lack of oxygen. Since we enjoyed this site I was able to convince Ranger Pat, who is propped up by a shove on the right waiting for his coffee to kick in, to allow us to move the bear box.

Bear Box 23

As with any project their had to be a plan, budget, and schedule (I will not bore you with all the details). Chance, who is in the middle, never worked with concrete before so I used this as a teaching opportunity. The toughest part of this project was hauling the twelve 60 pound bags of cement mix up the hill. Everything went according to plan and no one got hurt (which for me not to bleed on a project is pretty amazing). As a result of everyone’s hard work that day, Site 23 has become a popular site. When we visit Camp Shelly and I am enjoying Site 23’s beauty, I always feel happy knowing our hard work that day made this site more enjoyable for everyone.

Camp Shelly's Site 23
Camp Shelly’s Site 23

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