Happiness is not a matter of events; it depends upon the tides of the mind.
One of the things I am most grateful for was the discovery some years ago that happiness does not lie at the end of the rainbow but rather exists along the journey if we see the good things that exist along the way. Far too many folks seem to think that happiness exists over the next hill and do not take the time to look around where they are and appreciate all they already have.
I agree with the following article that I saved some time ago from the Squidoo website. If we convince ourselves that happiness only lays at the end of our quest it implies that anything else will not provide us joy, how wrong is that! Yet there are many that have lost the ability to place value on all that is available to them each day. Friends, health, family, leisure time, and so much more is far too often taken for granted and overlooked. I think many would really be surprised if they objectively built a list of the good things they already have and could have each day and compared it to what they will find if they ever reach the end of their rainbow. Thankfully I found long ago that the picture on my 36 inch TV is the same as the one on a 60 inch TV and that my eight year old auto gets me to where I want to go and saves me enough to finance a cruise every now and then.
So my friends as I have shared with you so often, life is so much better for those who chose to value the everyday benefits rather than longing only for the brass ring. I am going now to enjoy my day, I hope you will too.
Happiness is having what you want and wanting what you have
As the old song goes: “Happiness is wanting what you have.”
It is OK to want more than you currently own in terms of your personal or professional life. In fact it is good and healthy to have goals and dreams. However it is not healthy to base your happiness on the achievement of those goals.
That is a sure-fire path to unhappiness for a number of reasons. First because you are putting off happiness while you work toward your goal – many goals that are worth attaining will take a long time to reach. Do you want to be unhappy for all that time?
Second life is full of surprises and the best-laid plans sometimes change. If you are basing your happiness on the end goal then you might miss a great deal of happiness (not to mention opportunities for even more happiness) by not allowing yourself the flexibility to adjust your path or even change your mind.
Third you may well be placing your happiness beyond your reach. Sometimes, due to circumstances beyond our control, we do not attain our personal or professional goals. Sometimes we can do everything within our power and everything possible – and we still fail. Failure is a natural result of living a full life and it does not naturally lead to disaster. Sometimes failure simply leads to another opportunity or goal. However if you have tied your happiness to the success of a goal then failure can certainly mean disaster for you.
Are you happy with what you have?
What do you want?
Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.
Margaret Lee Runbeck
Some more of the realities of retirement:
You can live without sex but not without your glasses.
You quit trying to hold in your stomach, no matter who walks into the room.
You enjoy watching the news.
The phone rings and you hope its not for you.
The only reason you’re still awake at 4 am is indigestion.
You start singing along with the elevator music.
You’ve owned clothes so long that they’ve come back into style –TWICE.
You no longer think of speed limits as a challenge.
You consider coffee one of the most important things in life.
7 AM is your idea of “sleeping in.”
Calkin’s Law of Menu Language: The number of adjectives and verbs that are added to the description of a menu item is in inverse proportion to the quality of the dish.
The teacher asked her fifth-grade class, “How was Columbus treated when he returned from his third voyage?”
One student said, “Lots of people met him at the pier, and they all had a great time.”
Sternly, the teacher said, “You didn’t read the assignment!”
The student brought the textbook up to the teacher’s desk and showed her where it read, “Columbus received a cool reception when he returned from his third voyage.”
Thirty-five is when you finally get your head together and your body starts falling apart.
“The Ten Most Common Forms of Office Illnesses”
1. The Macy’s One Day Sale Flu.
2. The Drivers License Renewal Appointment 24-Hour Virus.
3. The Friday-Afternoon-Start-The-Weekend-Early Sudden Unbearable Stomach Pains.
4. The I’m Looking for a New Job and I Don’t Know How Long It’s Going to Take, but I Want To Stay On The Payroll Until Then Mysterious Infection.
5. The My Boy/Girlfriend’s Got the Week Off So Suddenly I’m Too Contagious To Come In To The Office Disease.
6. The I Need a Hair Cut and My Stylist Doesn’t Make Evening Appointments Bout of Influenza.
7. The There’s No Federal Holidays for Two Months, and I Want a Day Off Sickness.
8. The It’s Spring Break and I Want To Pretend I’m a Teenager Again General Ailment.
9. The I’ve Screwed Up Royally, and I Won’t Come In To Face the Music Terminal Illness.
10. The I Really Am Sick and I’ve Got The Doctor’s Bills and the Completed Medical Expense Reimbursement Forms to Prove It Infirmity.
When asked by an anthropologist what the Indians called America before the white man came, an Indian said simply, “Ours.”
Vine Deloria, Jr
Diamonds are a girl’s best friends.
Dogs are man’s best friend.
So which is the dumber sex?
Think of all the beauty that’s still left in and around you and be happy!
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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