Around midnight one foggy evening, I stood on the edge of a bluff overlooking the Columbia River far below and tried to connect with a higher power. Cloud covered the gorge and levelled itself so it seemed as though I could step out and walk upon its surface. My life also lay before me like a vast journey of undulating ups and downs—there would be some joy, yes, but also lots of heartache. Did I even want to play the game?

“Why am I here? What’s the purpose of life anyway?” I whispered intently over the sea of gray.

We all ask these age-old, mind-niggling questions at some point in our lives. It was at this time I began a personal search for those elusive answers.

This is the opening three paragraphs of the soon to be released book, The Celestial Proposal. It was also the start of a long journey of discovery, a grand adventure in playing the game we are all participating in, the game of life. Isn’t if strange how there are manuals for all the consumer products we buy and rules for every sport, but no basic instruction booklet for living our lives? We want the benefits of our possessions and we want to win at our games, why then don’t we take life more seriously?

It seems to me, we in the western world have everything we need to live well, but we don’t have a reason to live. How sad. No wonder Gen X finds life rather meaningless. If heaven is our goal, if enlightenment is the highest plane, if nirvana beckons, well then let’s get serious and chase after it! I mean we are all going to have to die some time.

So isn’t it just common sense to try to figure out the rules to the game of life so we can merge into that tunnel of white light and shoot through to the next level? And surely if we knew the rules we could enjoy the game and maybe even excel in playing it! That’s our quest.

I can’t be the only one thinking these kind of things and wisdom is given in such unique and personal ways. What’s your reason to play the Game of Life? Comments welcomed!

Searching for happiness is like chasing rainbows! You end up running all over and never connecting. How does one find happiness or make it happen?


(Chapter 15 image/The Celestial Proposal/rolffimages, Fotosearch, Stock Photography)

“Happiness cannot be pursued; it must ensue. One must have a reason to be happy.”

Viktor Emil Frankl, in Mans Search For Meaning, instructs us with this wisdom. He says happiness is like laughter. If you want somebody to laugh, you have to provide a reason to laugh – in a joke or a shared funny experience. You can’t tell someone to laugh and expect it to be real. You can’t tell someone to be happy and expect it to happen. There must be a reason. Happiness is a by-product, a result of something else. To gain real happiness we have to set and pursue some other objective.

It is good then to dream a dream, have a vision, or set a goal because the nearer we come to fulfillment the happier we become. For a quick short cut to happiness, we can always think of even the little things we’ve achieved along the way. Gratitude is an exercise in happiness.

I am so happy right now! I’ve been pursuing a goal for a very long, long time. My own search for life’s answers has driven me for decades to write a book. Now it’s complete (with pictures!) and near to being published. My heart is singing! In August on Amazon and Kindle, please watch for:

The Celestial Proposal – Our Invitation to Join the God Kind

Now my goal is to share this book with you, to make you (and me) happier! I’ll be posting short components here along with other insights. I urge you all to dare to dream and have fun along the way!


In my beautiful Canada, I have been most privileged to see the river run so thick with the return of spawning salmon I wanted to walk across their backs on that blue-green and red underwater carpet of churning motion. I have trampled the wild flowers glistening in the morning dew and crunched the snow on the same path in the middle of winter. When each of us chooses to connect with nature and allow its color, pattern, and life force to enlighten our minds, it all witnesses to a passionate designer.

My question is this: “Who designed us and why are we in this earth garden? What’s the purpose to it all?”

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