Saturday, September 10, 2016

Happiness is a Journey


Happiness is a Journey

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 and we'll be more
content when they are.

After that, we're frustrated that we
have teenagers to deal with.
We'll certainly be happy when they're
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,
 ...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 a new car or home,
until your car or home is paid off,
to decide that there is no better time
than right now to be happy.

Happiness is a journey,
not a Destination.

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4 comments:

Lin Floyd said...

wise words, I was just reflecting on the past 15 years since the 9-11. It's amazing all our family has gone through, survived annd accomplished and it's called LIFE!

dellgirl said...

Thanks for YOUR wise words, Lin. Your thoughts are very insightful. Thank you for coming by today and for reading here. I really appreciate your visit and the nice comment.

Kay said...

This is so beautiful and so right. I just LOVE that photo of you and Jace. He's grown up so quickly since that photo was taken.

dellgirl said...

You're right Kay. He has grown so much since we took that photo, I'm amazed how fast the time has gone by. He is growing tall and slim, almost up to my chin already. Thank you for taking time to read here, I especially appreciate the nice comment.