The obvious one is babies. I was am fascinated by their little hands and fingers and how hard they grip. Aside from babies what else makes me go "Oooooh". Jaguar cars and athletes who leap from the ice land perfectly and score perfect 10's or race across court to a ball we all know they won't reach but they do and then they have the brilliant cheek to lob it over their stranded opponents head. Also words, the ones you could just keep saying all day because they make your mouth do funny things or they just so sound like, what they mean.
So cars and sports, very "bloke" things and words!
For one reason or another I've reached the bottom of a cycle again and want to try something different this time, to break it. Usually I'd spill my guts out to those poor sods closest to me. Which, like Chinese food is very filling until you're on the pavement outside of the restaurant. So I'm thinking of saving them the grief this time. If only they knew they'ed be so happy lol.
This is where words come into play. I love the word "Stoicism" (indifference to pleasure or pain, impassiveness). The word has had a bit of a make over and it's original meaning has changed a little. The original "Soics" believed that destructive emotions resulted from errors in judgement and the development of self-control and fortitude could be used as a means of overcoming these destructive emotions. Are you with me and nodding in agreement so far? well lets go on.
Being a bloke, being a real Man! what qualities are required for that particular job. In no particular order strength, inner strength, decisiveness, compassion and humour. Isn't that what we all want from someone when the going gets tough? isn't that my role?
From where I'm standing both of the above seem a good fit. No doubt my destructive emotions have lead me here and a bit of fortitude has kept me floating up to now. This will be post number 298 and most of them had at the top of the page "What would Chris Gardner do". Well he would, did just suck it up and get on with it. Now I'm not the man Chris Gardner is but maybe it's time to see what kind of a man I can actually be! So I'll dig down deep for more fortitude and develop some self control over time.
Still no bloody laughs I'm afraid but it's a much better page than the usual stuff.
Onwards and upwards in the pursuit of happyness :-)