May 24, 2017
Life is not a movie, so don’t wait around for someone else to write you a happy ending.
Over the years I have been saddened by the death of friends who never got the chance to fulfill their dreams. Too many of us spend so much time running life’s race that we never allow ourselves time to invest in our personal happiness. We put off the pursuit of a wished for avocation, the special vacation is always planned for next year, books go unread and plays go unseen because we convince ourselves that it just isn’t the time to do what we would like to do.
You know it really does not have to be that way. We can make ourselves one of our priorities and just do something now and not next year. Don’t spend the last years of your life thinking about “if only” instead of “I am glad I did.
Here is a piece I probably sent you before but if so it is worth your reading again.
Be Happy Now!
by: Alfred D. Souza
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, special enough to spend your time with… 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, 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’re 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’re born again to decide that.
There is no better time than right now to be happy!
“Sadly, retirement planning, in many circumstances, has become nothing more than planned procrastination.”
Three guys were working on a high-rise building project: Steve, Bill and Charlie. Steve falls off and is killed instantly. As the ambulance takes the body away, Charlie says, “Someone should go and tell his wife.”
Bill says, “OK, I’m pretty good at that sensitive stuff, I’ll do it.”
Two hours later, he comes back carrying a 6-pack. Charlie says, “Where did you get that, Bill?”
“Steve’s wife gave it to me.” “That’s unbelievable, you told the lady her husband was dead and she gave you the beer?” Bill says, “Well not exactly. When she answered the door, I said to her, `You must be Steve’s widow.`”
She said, “`No, I’m not a widow.”
And I said, “Wanna bet me a six-pack?”
I’d had enough of my employees abusing their allotted break time. In an effort to clarify my position, I posted a sign on the bulletin board:
“Starting immediately, your 15-minute breaks are being cut from a half-hour to 20 minutes.”
I wouldn’t touch the Metric System with a 3.048m pole.
I was listening to a lady who called a radio pastor. The pastor was a wise, grandfatherly gentleman who has that calm reassuring voice that can melt all fear. The lady, who was obviously crying, said, “Pastor, I was born blind, and I’ve been blind all my life. I don’t mind being blind but I have some well meaning friends who tell me that if I had more faith I could be healed.”
The pastor asked her, “Tell me, do you carry one of those white canes?” “Yes I do,” she replied. “Then the next time someone says that hit them over the head with the cane,” He said. “Then tell them ‘If you had more faith that wouldn’t hurt!'”
“As we advance in life it becomes more and more difficult, but in fighting the difficulties the inmost strength of the heart is developed.”
Vincent Van Gogh
An eccentric philosophy professor gave a one question final exam after a semester dealing with a broad array of topics. The class was already seated and ready to go when the professor picked up his chair, plopped it on top of his desk and wrote on the board:
“Using everything we have learned this semester, prove that this chair does not exist.” Fingers flew, erasers erased, notebooks were filled in furious fashion. Some students wrote over 30 pages in one hour attempting to refute the existence of the chair. One member of the class however, was up and finished in less than a minute.
Weeks later when the grades were posted, the rest of the group wondered how he could have gotten an “A”” when he had barely written anything at all.
His answer consisted of two words: “What chair?”
“A person becomes wise by reflecting on what happened to him when he wasn’t.” ~~~
She said: For many years I worked as a receptionist and switchboard operator at a busy company. After a good annual review, my supervisor told me I was up for a raise, pending approval of the Vice President.
A month later, my supervisor called me into his office and told me the VP had refused to approve the raise. His reason? I clearly wasn’t doing my job!
“Huh?? Not doing my job?”
Every time he saw me, I was either chatting with someone in the lobby or talking on the phone.
In high school, I was voted the girl most likely to become a nun. That may not be impressive to you, but it was quite an accomplishment at the Hebrew Academy.
Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.
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