It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.
I was with the President of the Central Indiana Council on aging yesterday and the happiness of our older citizens came up. His and his organization’s interest is in enriching the lives of those of us in our later years. It just seems like too many of us just drop out and choose just to exist. In reality not being unhappy does not mean you are happy. Unfortunately lots of people seem to choose just to sit back waiting for happiness to come to them. Sadly it never comes for some.
It seems to me that we can optimize our chance for happiness if we just get out and do things, you know, meet people, volunteer, start a hobby, go to plays, there really are a hundred things for us if we just get up and get at them. That does not mean that what makes me happy will make you happy. But it does mean that each of us is responsible for our own happiness.
One of the greatest causes of unhappiness is letting other people tell you what will make you happy. For true happiness is not something you must chase in a particular way but you won’t find it if you live in isolation. Yes, it really is as simple as that. A few years ago the wise Ralph Marston had this to say on the subject.
When you let go of the notion that this thing or that thing will make you happy, something truly amazing happens. You are suddenly free to be happy without condition.
The good things you associate with happiness are not things that will cause you to be happy. Quite to the contrary, they are things that will come about once you allow yourself to be happy.
Putting conditions on your happiness keeps happiness at a distance away from you. Drop the conditions, and happiness is free to flow into your life.
Stop trying to figure out what it means to be happy or what will cause you to be happy. Simply choose to be happy, and you’ll know exactly what it means.
“If you’re not actively involved in getting what you want, you don’t really want it.”
Morris, an 82-year-old man, went to the doctor to get a physical. A few days later the doctor saw Morris walking down the street with a gorgeous young lady on his arm.
A couple of days later, the doctor spoke to Morris and said, "You’re really doing great, aren’t you?"
Morris replied, "Just doing what you said, Doctor, ‘Get a hot mamma and be cheerful.’"
The doctor said, "I didn’t say that. I said you got a heart mummer and be careful."
Better to be occasionally cheated than perpetually suspicious.
An 80-year-old man went to the doctor for a checkup and the doctor was amazed at what good shape the guy was in. The doctor asked, "To what do you attribute your good health?"
The old-timer said, "I’m a golfer and that’s why I’m in such good shape. I’m up well before daylight and out golfing up and down the fairways."
The doctor said, "Well, I’m sure that helps, but there’s got to be more to it. How old was your dad when he died?"
The old-timer said, "Who said my dad’s dead?"
The doctor said, "You mean you’re 80 years old and your dad’s still alive? How old is he?"
The old timer said, "He’s 100 years old and, in fact, he golfed with me this morning, and that’s why he’s still alive … he’s a golfer."
The doctor said, "Well, that’s great, but I’m sure there’s more to it. How about your dad’s dad? How old was he when he died?"
The old timer said, "Who said my grandpa’s dead?"
The doctor said, "You mean you’re 80 years old and your grandfather’s still living! How old is he?"
The old timer said, "He’s 118 years old."
The doctor was getting frustrated at this point and said, "I guess he went golfing with you this morning too?"
The old-timer said, "No…Grandpa couldn’t go this morning because he got married."
The Doctor said in amazement, "Got married!! Why would a 118-year-old guy want to get married?"
The old-timer said, "Who said he wanted to?"
When you open a bag of cotton balls, is the top one meant to be thrown away?
When I went to lunch today, I noticed an old man sitting on a park bench sobbing his eyes out. I stopped and asked him what was wrong. He said, "I have a 22 year old wife at home. She makes love to me every morning and then gets up and makes me pancakes, sausage, fresh fruit and freshly ground coffee."
I said, "Well, then why are you crying?"
He said, "She makes me homemade soup for lunch and my favorite brownies and then makes love to me for half the afternoon."
I said, "Well, why are you crying?"
He said, "For dinner she makes me a gourmet meal with wine and my favorite dessert and then makes love to me until 2:00 a.m."
I said, "Well, why in the world would you be crying?"
He said, "I can’t remember where I live!"
Don’t take life too seriously, you won’t get out alive.
Two elderly gentlemen are playing cards on Saturday evening just as they have done for the past 50 years.
Gus, the elder, had been having problems remembering what cards were what, and usually needed help from his wife. At the end of the card game Red said to Gus, "You did very good tonight. You didn’t need any help at all. Why is that?"
Gus replied, "Why, ever since my wife sent me to that memory school, I haven’t had any problems at all."
"Memory school? What memory school?"
Gus thought for a moment, "Oh, what’s that flower that’s red with thorns? A really pretty flower"
"A rose?" asked Red.
"Yeah, that’s it!" Gus turned to his wife and mumbled, "Hey, Rose! What’s the name of that memory school you sent me to?"
He who laughs last thinks slowest
An elderly couple was watching television one evening. The wife said, "I am going to get a dish of ice cream now." Kindly, the husband offered to get the ice cream for his wife. "I’ll write it down so you don’t forget," she said.
"I won’t forget," the old gent said. "But, I want chocolate syrup and nuts on it. So, I’ll write it down," she replied.
"I will get you the ice cream. Don’t you worry," replied the gentleman.
A few minutes later, the old man returned with bacon and eggs. His wife said, "See, I should have written it down because you forgot the toast."
“After all these years, I am still involved in the process of self-discovery. It’s better to explore life and make mistakes than to play it safe. Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.”
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
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