Another 10 Things That Make Me Happy

October 10, 2014

boyzFor the last few years, I have created a personal tradition. On October 10th (10/10), I make a simple list of 10 things that make me happy, things I am grateful for. And also part of the tradition is to share it here, should it be of interest. And today is that day.

Be. Believe. And become! –DrD =)

  1. Music. Listening to it. Making it. Feeling it. Being it.
  2. The picture on this post, of two of my little dudes. So happy. So healthy. Miracles.
  3. Miracles.
  4. A full moon. It speaks to me. It embraces me. It moves me.
  5. Watering my plants.
  6. Talking with my kids, and hearing my now-adult-children say, “Daddy, you’re so cute.” I feel like a little old granny in a rocker. And I don’t mind it.
  7. Kindness. I like how it feels when I receive it, and I love how it feels when I offer it. (Need to get even better at this one.)
  8. Getting better. Improving. Growing.
  9. That I am not the same as I was 15 years ago.
  10. My kids.

For my 2013 list, click here:

And for my 2012 list, click here:


One Response to Another 10 Things That Make Me Happy

  1. Michael J Ssali
    September 20, 2015 at 1:35 am

    So eager to find out how many of the kids you started with 15 years ago still live, what they are doing today, and where they are! I do remember one day,I think in 2001 or 2002, when a baby was dropped near the entrance gate at the Masaka Aid Child center.Did the mother show up finally?

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Nathaniel is CEO of He holds a Master's Degree in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University where he was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship, and winner of the 2010 Harvard HDP Marshal Award. He also holds a PhD in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego where he was the Dammeyer Fellow in Global Education Leadership, and a Cordes Fellow at Opportunity Collaboration. Nathaniel is author of "We Are Not Mahogany: Three stories about the male African life." Prior to his move to Uganda in 2000, Nathaniel was Deputy Director of the Office of the Governor of Arizona, and Director of Education at Leadership, Inc.

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