"I want to be happy!" 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.
Finding Happiness is a Journey
We tell ourselves that our life will be complete when our spouse gets his or her act together, when we get a nicer car, when are able to go on a nice vacation, or 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 itself is the way.
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.
Don't wait 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.
Happiness Without Walls
Work like you don't need money.
Love like you've never been hurt.
And dance like no one's watching.
God has given each of us a "gift" of TODAY.
Life ! Live It ! Be an encouragement to others !
"Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect. It means you've decided to look beyond the imperfections."
"Being happy means accepting where you are in life and making the most of everyday."
"Being happy begins with a grateful heart every morning."
"Being happy includes the small, nameless moments you spend smiling with someone who matters to you."
"Being happy does not necessarily include babies, puppies, and kitties, but they sure are around a lot when people are smiling, laughing, and acting happy."
"Being happy often involves humor, joking, and a little bit of being crazy. It's okay, let your crazy out from time to time!"
"Being happy doesn't mean HAVING the best of everything, it just means MAKING the best of everything."
"Being happy means finding 1000 reasons to smile when life gives you 100 reasons to cry."
"Being happy means extracting your happiness from all the little things in life, instead of missing them in pursuit of the unreachable."
"Being happy is a choice. You cannot control your family, your friends, your health, or your circumstances. But how you react to life IS within your control."