Are We Happy ?
many of us continually postpone our happiness indefinitely. It's
not that we consciously set out to do so, but that we keep convincing
ourselves, "Someday I'll be happy." We tell ourselves we'll be happy when
our bills are paid, when we get out of school, get our first job, a
promotion. We convince ourselves that life will be better after we get
married, have a baby, then another. Then we're frustrated that the kids
aren't old enough, 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 wish, 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. Alfred D'Souza
wrote "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,
a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that
these obstacles are 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.
Yesterday is history
Tomorrow a mystery
Today is a gift
That's why it's called the present!
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....................