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ThrowingMyLoop BY MICHAEL JOHNSON Happy? SUCH A SMALL little word, but so important to us all. We all want to be “happy.” Perhaps even more, we especially want our children and grandchildren to be happy. We want them to do well in school, find good and meaningful work, and to be happy in life. And when we have been sad for some time, we all think to ourselves, “If only I could be happy again.” How is it that we do that? What should we tell those we love about finding life satisfaction? I’m not so sure anymore, but there is one thing I’m sure of. It’s not where we think, and we need to be careful what we wish for. Here are a few that fill me with thanks: when the martins come back in the spring, cardinals, wood ducks, my dog, the horses, the barn cats, deviled eggs, tacos, and my wife’s barbeque sauce. One goal we all agree on (without thinking much about it) is that we would be happy if we were really good at something. Most every kid in America would love to be a major league baseball player, a star quarterback or to be known for a deadly jump shot. Or what if we could sing like an angel, or maybe golf our ball like Tiger? Maybe if we were a marketing genius or, even better, if our kid became really rich? And most people from my world have – for a lifetime – wanted to rope better than anyone else on the planet. What if we could do any of those things? Would that allow us to never have another bad day? I enjoy reading biographies. To read and learn what makes high performers tick is a source of real interest, and after reading them for years, I’ve begun to see a pattern … Long ago, I read the story of Elvis’ life; the man who really could sing like an angel and about all the millions he made. A few months ago, I read the life story of Steven Jobs, of Apple Computer fame – and his marketing genius that generated billions and changed the way we live. Just lately, I read Hank Haney’s story of his time with Tiger Woods and the years Haney spent as the coach of one the greatest talents that ever lived. I have read many others, and after all that time and all those words, there is the strangest thing. No matter what they did, or high they flew, no matter how miraculous their accomplishments, in the stories of all those household names, I never read a word about … happiness. Late in his life, Elvis was asked, “As a young man, you said when you were grown, you wanted to be rich and famous … and happy. Are you?” Elvis answered, “I’m rich and famous … and miserable.” Jobs’ life was plagued by contentious relationships, shouting matches and all sorts of troubles. For all his accomplishments, Tiger still imploded. Howard Hughes died a recluse in a dark hotel room. Michael Jackson died in debt and in misery. 33

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Winter 2012

From the President
From the Executive Director
Groundwater in the Karst Landscape
There’s a Chill in the Air!
Chloramines in Question
Preventative (Planned) Maintenance II
What About Water Rates?
How to Get a Great Rate Analyst
Membership Directory
Wastewater Math
Throwing My Loop
eLearning Benefits
Membership Application
Do You Know What Your VRWA Benefi ts Are?
VRWA Mailbag
Welcoming New Members
Training Calendar
Board Of Directors
VRWA Committees
Index To Advertisers/

Streamline - Winter 2012