After three shows at the Round Top/Warrenton Antique Festival, Mr. Rickety, the table, had not been sold.  The problem was he had a hole in the top and he was, well, rickety.  My friend told me it wouldn’t hurt her feelings if Mr. Rickety found his way to my burn pile.

I had other ideas, however.  I desperately needed a table on my porch for my martini glass and Mr. Rickety fit the bill.  After a bit of work, he was transformed.

Do you ever feel spent and worn out like Mr. Rickty?  If so, it may be time for a transformation.  Remember, if you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you always got.

First, decide what you really need to be happy.  Yeah, I know, we all want $10 million dollars so we can buy happiness.  While that isn’t going to happen for most of us, we can be happy by getting what we need.

Once our basic survival needs such as food, water, and shelter are met, we have secondary psychological needs.  Gary Applegate, in his book, Happiness, It’s Your Choice, says that there are eight secondary needs:  security, faith, worth, freedom, belonging, fun, knowledge, and health.

Determine which of these needs is missing in your life and write an action plan.  Then, go for it.


“Fear robs you of your freedom to make the right choice in life that can bridge the gap between where you are and where you want to be. On the other side of fear, lies freedom. If you want to grow, you need to be brave and take risks. If you’re not uncomfortable, you’re not growing.”   ―  Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart.

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