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Saturday, January 03, 2004

Happiness

We convince ourselves that life will be better after
we get married, have a baby, then another.

Then we are frustrated that the kids aren't old
enough and we'll be more content when they are.
After that, we're frustrated that we have teenagers
to deal with. We will certainly be happy when they
are out of that stage.

We tell ourselves that our life will be complete when
our spouse gets his or her act together, when we get
a nicer car, are able to go on a nice vacation, when
we retire.

The truth is, there's no better time to be happy than
right now. If not now, when?

Your life will always be filled with challenges.
It's best to admit this to yourself and decide to be
happy anyway. One of my favorite quotes comes
from Alfred D. Souza. He said, "For a long time it
had seemed to me that life was about to begin -- real
life. But there was always some obstacle in the way,
something to be gotten through first, some unfinished
business, time still to be served, or a debt to be paid.
Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that
these obstacles were my life."

This perspective has helped me to see that there is
no way to happiness. Happiness is the way. So,
treasure every moment that you have and treasure it
more because you shared it with someone special,
special enough to spend your time . . . and remember
that time waits for no one.

So, stop waiting until you finish school, until you go
back to school, until you lose ten pounds, until you
gain ten pounds, until you have kids, until your kids
leave the house, until you start work, until you retire,
until you get married, until you get divorced, until
Friday night, until Sunday morning, until you get a
new car or home, until your car or home is paid off,
until spring, until summer, until fall, until winter, until
you are off welfare, until the first or fifteenth, until
your song comes on, until you've had a drink, until
you've sobered up, until you die, until you are born
again to decide that there is no better time than right
now to be happy.

Happiness is a journey, not a destination.

Thought for the day:
Work like you don't need money,
Love like you've never been hurt,
And dance like no one's watching.

posted by Gary  # 1/03/2004 11:36:00 PM
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