My life changed after I turned 50.  My idea’s about happiness changed too.  Yes, I know that 50 seems a little late for change, but that’s what makes life exciting.  Isn’t it?

As I turned 50, my first son, Julian, was born.  And just as I was adjusting to one, along came Aidan, my second son.

You know what they say about things coming in threes?  Well, it’s not always about dying.  That’s right, Quinn Tessa, my bouncing 3 year old princess came along too!

Now, as I turn 60, my life and happiness is inextricably intertwined with the lives of three more.  Three more human beings filled with insatiably curiosity about life, and boundless energy which challenges our 60 year old minds and bodies each day.

And I wouldn’t change a thing!

You see, I learned a very important lesson after age 50.  Taught to me by 3 young souls who didn’t know they were doing it.

What they taught me is this: Unconditional love and happiness are the same thing.  You can’t have one without the other.  And in the end, the love and happiness you take, is equal to the love you make.

5 Responses to “Happiness”

  1. Geoffrey may the God of us all bless you with eternal
    But we humans have both good and bad and it’s our duty
    to serve and deal with the bad while we are here.
    Your man Leon Weiss lied to me when I was seeking repesentation- thats why I had no answer for you when you called re my billion dollar matter that you wanted to do- pity you would have done it so much better than I- we probably could have got 2 billion!!
    Leon lied to you when he said there was a good reason for not representing me- he is just chicken because on future trials- without my total explanation of how to do it he will fail!

  2. "Chelle" says:

    Funny thing how we think we have it all. Until one day we realize everything we thought was important changes all because of one word “Family” then everything we do is far more meaningful. We tend to laugh,love and live with more passion than we ever thought possible. I just turned 40 and I know my possibilities are endless. Everyone just needs to remember life’s a dance, it’s your choice to sit this one out or to go for it. Life’s to short to sit it out in my opinion.
    Have a good day Geoff, I had to comment couldn’t resist.

  3. Karen G says:

    Your story on turning 50 and finding happiness where you didn’t even know it was missing really touched me. I’m 48 and starting life all over againg. For 20 years I worked in the accounting field for very large American companies. Each company I worked for between 5 to 10 years. All of these possitions required allot of traveling and were not very family friendly. I waited till I was 32 to have my first child. When hit 40 I had a surgery that ended up making me very, very sick. So sick that it caused a disability for many years. It also brought about the end of a 15 year marriage.

    A year and a half ago I decided to go back to school. I’ve been working on a bachelors in criminal justice, focusing on crime scene investigation. While in school I’ve had to write 2 different papers that really bothered me. The first was about children being tried as adults, and the fact that there are currently 2200 kids sentenced to life without parole in the United States. The other was about the very self serving, and down right frightening sheriff we have here in the county in which I live.

    I was raised in Southern Califoria, and before I moved to Maricopa County, Arizona, I would never have believed that a sheriff, or any political or elected official could get away with the blatant racism and misuse of tax dollars as happens here.

    I have admired your work and dedication to what you believe in for as long as I can remember. Someof the cases I’ve choosen to write about are kids that you have represented.

    I wanted to take a moment to say I admire you and your work so much, and because, in part, some of the things I discussed here, have decided to finish the bachelors I’m currently working on and go on to law school and focus on, I think, advocacy. If not advocacy, I will continue to fight for the right of children, those wrongly convicted, and those that I can truly help.

    Thank you for inspiring me,
    Karen G

  4. Ms. Sara says:

    I just want to say…this blog is well said and beautiful. It is a shame that more fathers can’t look at their own children and think the same thing. Thank you for your blog.

  5. InYourFaceNewYorker says:

    Hot damn! SIX KIDS? How do you manage??? 🙂

    I have a son, Neptune, and he’s a handful. He was born with a severe birth defect that makes him walk on all fours, have a tail, and say, “Meow!” But I love him to pieces, even if I yell at him every five seconds for knocking things over (especially while I’m trying to sleep), coughing up hair balls, and scratching the backs of whicker chairs…


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