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One blogger’s 8 guiding principles

What is the purpose of this blog? Where do I want to go with it? What could I offer that would be of the most value to you? How can I help you find greater meaning and happiness and meet the vagaries of your life more effectively?

I've been thinking about these questions, and came up with 8 guiding principles that I would like to share with you. If you have any thoughts on these please do share them with me.

1. I would like the Happy Seeker to be a place where you can come and be at peace.

2. My purpose is to remind you of the timeless peace and happiness at the core of your being.

3. I want to encourage a sense of community based in the qualities I have found to be critical in my own life: qualities such as compassion, respect, courage, and integrity.

4. Any time I write something in this blog I want it to be true -- that is to say, I want the words to be born of my own experience and the stillness and peace of my own  being.

5. I want to reach out to people of every nation and culture because we are all part of one inconceivably beautiful Whole -- and each of us has a vital contribution to make to the well-being of that Whole.

6. I want to help you find happiness -- authentic happiness that does not come and go but is with you always.

7. If you are in despair, I want to help you come to a place where you see and feel the joy that exists on the other side of "the dark night of the soul."

8.  I want to help you fulfill the unique destiny that is yours.

Talking about my blog, you’ll be seeing some changes in the next few weeks. I'm upgrading to the Thesis theme, which I hope will make for a cleaner, more attractive look and improved function.

Also, in a couple weeks or so I will offer my new e-book, The Wisdom of Serenity: Reclaiming  Authentic Happiness, as a free download.

Jonathan Mead, who read the book when it was in draft form, had this to say about The Wisdom of Serenity: "Beautifully written... the way you weave in your own experiences and stories and offer encouragement to others makes this sure to help people."

This will be my seventh book. I look forward to sharing it with you, and hope that it will indeed be a help to you and give you fresh inspiration and courage as you meet the challenges of your life.

That's it for now. As I say, feedback on the above will be most welcome. We live in troubled times, it's true -- but times filled with extraordinary opportunity and potential.

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Gail Brenner (AFlourishingLife) September 14, 2010 at 9:13 am

This is very clear, Chris. You make this blog sound like a lovely place to visit and hang out. Wishing you all the best with the changes and new book coming out.
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Christopher Foster September 14, 2010 at 10:08 am

Thanks Gail. Always such a pleasure to hear from you. Some words of a prophet of long ago are up for me this morning for some reason: “When two or three of you are in agreement it shall be done of my Father which is in Heaven.” I may not have the quote exactly right, but that was the gist of it.

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Corinne Rodrigues September 15, 2010 at 1:29 am

In a blogging world full of self-development bloggers, many of who are invariably offering you some ‘product, your voice of authenticity always strikes a chord, Chris. The Happy Seeker is always a place of peace for me and once again you’ve led the way for me with your guiding principles. Thank you.
Many blessings to you and JoAnn.
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Christopher Foster September 15, 2010 at 9:02 am

Thank you so much Corinne for your very kind words. It’s wonderful to hear from you as always. I was thinking of the connection that has been present between us for quite some time now — it has no trouble at all handling the distance between Denver and India does it?
I hope all goes well for you and Jose. Love and blessings from me and JoAnn.

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Paul Reinig September 15, 2010 at 7:22 am

Hi Christopher. You are very articulate and have wonderful desires for your blog. I know all your goals will happen for you. All the best…
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Christopher Foster September 15, 2010 at 8:48 am

Wonderful to hear from you Paul. Thank you for your kind comment and for your encouragement. Best wishes to you too.

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Tess The Bold Life September 15, 2010 at 6:32 pm

7 books holy smokes! That’s huge. I love this and it could be used as an about page. Your authenticity stands out and that in itself could be a niche today!

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Christopher Foster September 16, 2010 at 9:46 am

Lovely to hear from you Tess. Thanks for your comment. That’s a very interesting thought about using the material in the post for my ‘about’ page, thanks for that.
Love and blessings.

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Lori September 18, 2010 at 6:34 pm

Hi Christopher,
When I read your guiding principles, I felt much comfort in your words. Not only for what you were telling me, but what you were telling yourself. When anyone can be this upfront with his or her “mission” or guiding principles, I find beauty and peace.

I’ll be along for the ride! Huge thumbs up for your blogging progress thus far ~ I’ve very much enjoyed getting to know you. As Tess remarked, WOW for seven books. I have a lot to learn from you.
~xo
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Christopher Foster September 19, 2010 at 8:41 am

Back atcha, Lori, I’m enjoying very much getting to know you too. Thank you for your kind and supportive words and again, I want to reciprocate everything you say. I particularly salute your courage and your brave, lively spirit, it’s a privilege to be in your ‘circle’ shall I say.
Love and blessings to you Lori as you handle what is yours to handle. We’re all in this together aren’t we?

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Madeleine Kolb September 20, 2010 at 7:35 am

Christopher, Your eight guiding principles are inspirational. I especially value this one:

“3. I want to encourage a sense of community based in the qualities I have found to be critical in my own life: qualities such as compassion, respect, courage, and integrity.”

You’re off to a wonderful start with your blog, and I look forward to reading your e-book.
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Christopher Foster September 20, 2010 at 9:06 am

Thanks for your comment Madeleine, it was a pleasure to hear from you as always. May I say I think you’ve chosen a terrific theme for your blog, such a valuable consideration as more and more people age in this country and round the world. It’s exciting isn’t it that attitudes to aging are changing like everything else…

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