March 4, 2019
“Happiness depends upon ourselves.”
Some of us have spent many years of our life trying to be someone other than our selves. It is like we were always in costume wearing a mask as we play a part written by someone else. One of the great things about aging is we can chuck the things that limit our happiness and can be ourselves.
I know for some it is not easy to choose to let go but it is truly worth doing so. That is one of the benefits of the freedom we have to do as we please as we celebrate the golden years. We may not be as nimble as we once were but we can recapture the feelings we had when we were kids. It is time we all quit being someone else a became ourselves.
Here is piece that I shared before but is worth repeating.
Steps To Happiness
You can’t be all things to all people.
You can’t do all things at once.
You can’t do all things equally well.
You can’t do all things better than everyone else.
Your humanity is showing just like everyone else’s.
You have to find out who you are, and be that.
You have to decide what comes first, and do that.
You have to discover your strengths, and use them.
You have to learn not to compete with others,
Because no one else is in the contest of *being you*.
You will have learned to accept your own uniqueness.
You will have learned to set priorities and make decisions.
You will have learned to live with your limitations.
You will have learned to give yourself the respect that is due.
And you’ll be a most vital mortal.
Dare To Believe:
That you are a wonderful, unique person.
That you are a once-in-all-history event.
That it’s more than a right, it’s your duty, to be who you are.
That life is not a problem to solve, but a gift to cherish.
And we’ll be able to stay one up on what used to get us.
“There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.”
Have you noticed in the movies that:
All teenage boys have some kind of “do not enter or else” sticker or sign on their bedroom door.
Something very very bad always happens when someone says “How bad can it be?” or “Can things get any worse?”
If the hero is running, the henchmen’s machine-guns will always give off sparks behind the hero’s feet and never actually hit him.
Heroes/villains, especially when wearing bulky, heavy, long black trench coats, can jump easily from rooftop to rooftop, always able to clear alleys ten to fifteen feet wide.
Be extremely cautious around cremation urns, because somehow it’s going to get knocked over.
If there is a dangerous man breaking into a house, only the mother and daughter will be home. The mother will then usher the child into a closet and tell her to stay there, and the closet will always have those blinds with little slits in them that the child can look through. The bad man will always approach the closet, but will never look inside before leaving.
If there is about to be a huge disaster like an alien invasion or the world is about to be plunged into a new ice age there will always be a smart character who can see what’s going to happen well before it does, but is ignored and made fun of by everyone until its too late.
In a gunfight, the hero can hide behind any object even if it is very thin and no bullets will pass through.
If a number of people are knocked out with gas or otherwise, they will all wake up at approximately the same time.
A baby first laughs at the age of four weeks. By that time his eyes focus well enough to see you clearly.
For months he had been her devoted admirer. Now, at long last, he had collected up sufficient courage to ask her the most momentous of all questions:
“There are quite a lot of advantages to being a bachelor,” he began, “but there comes a time when one longs for the companionship of another being—a being who will regard one as perfect, as an idol; whom one can treat as one’s absolute own; who will be kind and faithful when times are hard; who will share one’s joys and sorrows.”
To his delight he saw a sympathetic gleam in her eyes. Then she nodded in agreement.
Finally, she responded, “I think it’s a great idea! Can I help you choose which puppy to buy?”
“Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.”
A sign was placed at the entrance of the large machinery plant. It said:
“Warning to young ladies: If you wear loose clothes, beware of the machinery. If you wear tight clothes, beware of the machinist.”
“Don’t rely on someone else for your happiness and self-worth. Only you can be responsible for that. If you can’t love and respect yourself – no one else will be able to make that happen. Accept who you are – completely; the good and the bad – and make changes as YOU see fit – not because you think someone else wants you to be different.”
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