Happiness Is Voyage

(Source:email, I don't know who the actual author is)

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

Then we get frustrated because our children are not old enough, and that all will be well when they are older.

Then we are frustrated because they reach adolescence and we must deal with them. Surely we’ll be happier when they grow out of the teen years.

We tell ourselves our life will be better when our spouse gets his/her act together, when we have a nicer car, when we can take a vacation, when we finally retire.

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

Your life will always be full of challenges. It is better to admit as much and to decide to be happy in spite of it all.

For the longest time, it seemed that life was about to start. Real life.
But there was always some obstacle along the way, an ordeal to get through, some work to be finished, some time to be given, a bill to be paid. Then life would start.
I finally came to understand that those obstacles were life.

That point of view helped me see that there isn’t any road to happiness.
Happiness IS the road.

So, enjoy every moment.
Stop waiting for school to end, for a return to school, to lose ten pounds, to gain ten pounds, for work to begin, to get married, for Friday evening, for Sunday morning, waiting for a new car, for your mortgage to be paid off, for spring, for summer, for fall, for winter, for the first or the fifteenth of the month, for your song to be played on the radio, to die, to be reborn… before deciding to be happy.

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Mark said...

Great post. This is why it is so important to live in the present, for the future never comes, it is an illusion and before you know it all the time will have passed and wasted it waiting for something.

Matty said...

You forgot the most important one......'when I win the lottery'.....that's when life will start...! Just kidding!
It is sad that people put off living till....such and such happens,,,,when I lose weight, when I get the job, when I move...etc.
Life is Now! This moment..this second......so let the good times roll!

Misty said...

Great reminder for those who need it.

I consider that I remember and learn from the past, live in the present and plan for the future - since you do have to aspire to something and the success in achieving one's goals is a wonderful feeling.

I could focus all of my resources on saving and investing for the future, but instead, I take a portion of my paycheques and I invest in today, in life, in all the activities that I enjoy.

I do get sucked into the negative thinking that when xxx happens, things would be calmer, or easier, etc., but at the same time realize that without such challenges, life would seem a whole lot more comfortable, complacent and boring. Who wants that?

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