This post has nothing to do with religion (or lack thereof), politics, or anything controversial. I'm not hawking a book, pushing a cause, or bragging about my golf score.

What this blog IS about is simply a statement of happiness, satisfaction, and contentment with my life.

I'm one of the lucky ones. No, I'm not "blessed". I don't "thank god". I'm just fortunate, that's all.

My life at the moment is good. Actually, it's always been good (Okay, 95% good). I'm what you'd call, a happy camper: great health (as far as I'm aware), seldom sad or depressed. I have everything I want--a nice home, money, great children and grandkids. I live alone which gives me independence and freedom to do what (etc.) I want. All this and no god.

However, the good life could be gone in a flash. From out of the blue, one of my friends became incapacitated from a series of strokes recently. I've been asked to pray for him, but, of course, I won't. There's no hope--he can't talk or move. It's his sad condition that has caused me to appreciate what I have. Perhaps my healthy lifestyle has been a major factor. More likely, I've just been lucky.

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Comment by Randall Smith on September 27, 2014 at 7:02am
Joseph, while it may sometimes be true, I have to disagree with Hawking (and all the rest that profess the "hope" cliche). That's precisely why so many people pray. I'll leave it at that. Thanks for the comment--interesting cat story!
Comment by Michael Penn on September 24, 2014 at 8:45pm

I'm glad you are fortunate and have good health and a pretty good life with no worries. Not everyone can say that.

As for your friend with a series of strokes, such misfortune cannot be cured by praying for him. Prayer seems to work at the same rate that it always did. Evidence shows that it just doesn't work at all.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 23, 2014 at 1:49pm

I have badly damaged kidneys that are working at only 15%.  I'm in need of a transplant and unable to work at this time.  I'm living off of company shares of stock that I cashed in a few months ago. 

The good news is that I live in a first-world country with excellent health care and doctors.  I have four family members who have offered to donate a kidney for me.  At some point I'll be able to collect disability insurance to help me financially until I can begin working again after having a transplant.  I live in an apartment with heat and air conditioning and I have safe, nutritious food to eat daily.  In the meantime, millions of children die every year from starvation, lack of healthcare, lack of clean water and from preventable health issues, some as simple as chronic diarrhea.  I'm very grateful for all I have.  It is so much compared to what others have. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 23, 2014 at 1:30pm

Randy, you are an internet acquaintance whom I have never met, but I have to say, your good fortune couldn't happen to a nicer guy.  I always figure that as bad as I may have it, there are scores of people less fortunate than I.  I'm very grateful for all I have as well.  

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