None Of This Happened

1.  I became independently wealthy when I wrote and sold a national best seller.

2.  Traveled freely,  and on every whim I had, to see every interesting part of the world I could get to.

3.  Learned, and mastered, how to play the guitar.

4.  I gave loads of money to charities and the needy, and to help research and battle horrible diseases.

5.  I was 100% kind, gracious and helpful.

What did happen..

1.  I wrote some words that many more people than I ever expected, read.   And lots of them seemed to like some of those words.  It felt better than picking up a found five dollar bill (because a found five dollar bill means someone else lost it, and then I would feel bad).

2.  I went to a few places I hadn’t been before.  And places I couldn’t get to, I got to see through the words and pictures of others who are  in those places.   What an economical way to travel!

3.  I am taking guitar lessons and can play “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” on command.  And I am commanded on a daily basis to play it or sing it for a non-judgmental little man who never tires of it.

4.  I am fortunate enough to be able to give to some charities, and help those closest to me when they have been in need.  And it didn’t always (or even mostly) involve money.   It seems giving of myself has value as well.

5.  Hahahahahahahahaha!  Fortunately, I can laugh at my failings.  I am never %100  good because I fail at that with my temper and cuss words.   Though to balance that.  I am no where near %100 bad either.   Closer to the good end of that scale.  But probably way too much bad.


Looking back on this.  I can’t say “none” of this happened.   Much of this happened, in degrees.

61 thoughts on “None Of This Happened

  1. Ha, ha. I, too, fail when it comes to cuss words. Sara says I have a “potty mouth.”

    I’ve been away from the blogosphere for nearly two weeks. We’ve had guests from the US and have been traveling around our new home country. We are at the airport getting ready to fly from Quito to Cuenca, at which time posting should return to normal. Sorry to have missed so many posts.

    Hope you and David had a great holiday. Happy New Year, my friend. Hope you all will make to our house in 2014!

    Hugs from Ecuador,


    • David and I have been watching for you. 😉 We knew you had company, but didn’t know about the travels! How exciting! He just told me AGAIN today that Ecuador is in his plans! I’m assuming that means me too! Hahhahahahaha! Happy New Year to you and Sara!!!

      I do indeed cuss. But not to be ugly at anyone. Just to get ugly emotions out of me. 🙂


    • Thank you Mark. I appreciate anyone who thinks I am wise! You are my favorite today! 🙂

      It’s getting colder here. Not any snow right now. But we have bitter cold heading our way. Happy New Year!


  2. Colleen, I would say that you had a great year and you enjoyed what you achieved. I know you are pleased with what really happened and what didn’t. There is so many years left to take on … so ….


  3. I’m glad you have virtually visited my neck of the woods this year. I’ve really enjoyed your company and visiting you in return. It’s the thought that counts, that’s what I think of new year resolutions anyway.


    • Aw, thank you Tric. It has been pleasant. But I have to say, I don’t think I could ever visit Ireland or her lovely people and have a bad visit. It’s impossible. So my plan is to visit you often. 😉


  4. I think what you did FAR outweighs what you didn’t do – which was a bit unrealistic anyhow, don’t ya’ think? And as for playing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on demand, I don’t think your audience could be any better than that.



    • 🙂 You are correct Nancy. There are some things that may seem unrealistic. Not impossible. But achievement of them may take a bit longer than the year I just lived. 😉 And you are absolutely spot on about my little audience. Nothing better than that. Happy New Year!


  5. If all people were ‘bad’ … ‘like you’… just wouldn’t it be a wonderful world we live in? I love ‘bad’ people. I’m ‘bad’, too. :))) Colleen, I’m so happy you are always ‘there’ in this writing world of ours…. we can float over any moment just long enough to say hello, and smile… float on to others to do the same. I’m happy to call you … friend. Love, GG/G :)))


  6. I love the happened list, especially the guitar. Always wanted to learn how to play that and violin myself. Sounds like a good way to lead into the new year. 🙂


  7. What did happen (continuation):

    6. You are fortunate enough to have a family.

    7. You have shared your wisdom with a gaziilion people (which excludes by definition the idiots in DC).

    8. You have brightened up the day for a gazillion people.

    9. You are a great partner (Well, maybe I should ask Po first?)

    10. You have made hotels profitable with all the rooms you’ve had to rent per your mother’s instructions.

    (11. Made Stoop I. Dity a household word.)


    • Koji’s list:

      1. Always gracious. Kind. Reflective.
      2. Always willing to have an honest discussion.
      3. Very kind to one “Chatter Master” and Po. 😉

      Thank you Koji. You are my FAVORITE today (and many other days!) 😉


    • YOU ARE MY FAVORITE FOR TOMORROW (today was taken). 🙂 How incredibly kind of you to say. I appreciate this so much. I’ve written a few “books” but haven’t done anything with them to speak of. I like the fact that I “did it”. 🙂 I get much satisfaction out of that.


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