Happiness is Sharing My World – Week 18

chinese templeHere is my contribution to Share Your World for this week.  (Scroll to the bottom for more info on SYW.)

What object do you always have with you when traveling and why?

My iPad.  For overnight trips, I’ll bring my laptop (a Mac Air) but I always have my iPad for writing and reading.

What subject would you like to study in depth, if given the time to do so?

Chinese architecture, as well as Chinese culture.  I’m starting a course on the history of Chinese architecture through the Tsinghua University in Bejing by way of edX.  I’m fascinated by the ancient buildings and their symbolism and hope to travel to China some day to see them for myself.

Which would you prefer:  a wild, turbulent life filled with joy, sorrow, passion, and adventure–intoxicating successes and stunning setbacks; or a contented bordering on happy, secure, predictable life surrounded by friends and family without such wide swings of fortune and mood?

I’ve been on the roller coaster ride of life for too long now, with Cee’s illness and all it has meant for us.  I’m glad that Traditional Chinese Medicine and the practice of Qigong has smoothed out our lives.  It shortens your life to be on Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride all the time.  On a sale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the wildest, I’d like a 6 or 7 these days.  Just enough going on to keep life interesting, but not enough to make it heart pounding.

What are your favorite spices?

Salt and sugar.  I’m a simple person.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m grateful to be finally getting the better of this cold that’s kept me out of commission for most of two weeks.  Yuck!  Good riddance to it.

I’m looking forward to planting some seeds and getting the new lawn furniture put together.

share-your-world2Share Your World info and link:  Share Your World is a weekly challenge hosted by my spouse, Cee, at her photography blog. She started Share Your World years ago when she was running a number of challenges on a photography site similar to WordPress.  The majority of photographers are introverts, and they needed a way to get to know each other.  You don’t have to be a photographer to participate, though.  Grab the questions and give us your answers.

Hi.  I’m Chris.  I’m an introvert.  Look for my ongoing series celebrating the introvert(Sunday) and introvert cartoons (Thursday), plus anything else interesting that I find in the meantime.  Come and share with like-minded introverts.  I also contribute to the food blog Three’s Cooking, learning to cook from the heart, for the soul.

15 thoughts on “Happiness is Sharing My World – Week 18

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  2. What a great idea! I enjoyed reading your answers and learning more about you. My iPad travels with me everywhere, too. It has all of my books on it! 🙂

  3. Well, there’s a thing….the majority of photographers are introverts. That fits, but is this supported by evidence? 😉 Oh, and my iPad goes with me on travels, as a backup for my images.

  4. Great answers. I thought about how I’d answer the rollercoaster vs. contented life. I initially thought rollercoaster — I get very restless when life seems too comfortbale. But I think your answer of 6-7 on a scale of 10 sounds about perfect.

  5. Chris – sorry to hear you’ve had The Bug. Hope you’re on the mend. Your online class sounds fascinating. Hope to hear about it – we’re such a newbie country when you begin exploring “real” history!

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  8. What a biased question! “Contented, bordering on happy?” Many people believe that contentment is the only way to be happy. And the “wild” chaotic life of traveling would never make me even border on happiness.

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