Getting Back To The Things That Bring Me Joy



My daughter trying to snap pictures of me while I resist. It was nice to see her smile.

It very much seems like I took a year long sabbatical from life. I just went through the motions and left behind many of the things that had previously brought me joy.

I stopped anything I was doing on social media. I stopped blogging. I stopped working on my YouTube channel.

Yesterday I received an email from a follower of my YouTube channel that asked me to come back. It filled me with a kind of wonder that someone (a stranger) would take the time to write me and tell me that my channel brought them happiness.

While I still read periodically, for that year I didn’t devour books at a ferocious pace like I usually do.

I worked. I slept. I read a little. I looked after Dex and tried to find my place in the world.

After receiving that email, I decided to get back to YT. I’ve already begun working on this blog again.Now it’s time to get back to working on my channel as well, so I went and got a video editing software that will help me do that. I’m currently watching tutorials that will help me navigate the software.

My partner thinks I’m crazy watching boring tutorials and ‘arguing with people online’ but those are things that make me happy.

Slowly but surely I seem to be coming awake again and doing the things that brought me joy.

Thank you to those who have stuck with this blog. It’s nice to see your comments once again.



  1. Hey GC !! Though I have not been a long time reader of UR blog, I do enjoy your heart felt words that seem to express your true feelings…

    I too like to share my life experiences in a truthful, and heart felt way… The difference between us is that as a born again believer, I do my best to listen and obey the Holy Spirit God has given me to guide me through life’s trials and pitfalls…

    Your idea of what joy is, and mine are a world apart my friend… Jesus tells His disciples (and us) this, in…

    John 15:9-11… “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. 10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. 11 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.”

    This joy, is a spiritual joy, not an emotional joy… This joy allows me to see past life’s trials, realizing God uses the trials of life to build patience…

    James pens these words, in… James 1:2-4… My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. (NKJV)

    Ark, and the rest of the gang would tell me I am full of U know what !! But GC, the power of the Holy Spirit goes beyond our mortal understanding…

    I quote scripture, because it is truth in my life !! Philippians 4:6-7… Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (NKJV)

    GC, why would I waste my time with this response, unless I truly cared about about you…


    • Dear Bruce,

      Thank you for writing your response and I support your right to believe in your bible. I also enjoyed reading your thoughts on the matter and I sincerely believe you come from a place of caring . I don’t think you’re malicious or wanting to do me harm and believe you are doing the right thing.

      Keep on doing you man.

  2. Next time don’t take a sabbatical from life. You will regret it. Life is to be lived. Face the challenges as they come and hopefully you come out the winner, unless if death wins then you will not be there to worry

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