September 9, 2022
Happiness is not being pained in body or troubled in mind.
I have been tired a lot lately. This morning I am off to see my cardiologist I am hoping that between her, my hematologist and my pulmonologist they will restore my energy. I don’t expect a return to my youth but I sure would like to restore some of my vim and vigor. Wish me well, time will tell.
3 Things You Do NOT Need to Be Happier in Life
1. You do NOT need all the things. — In fact, they say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for. I don’t think anything could be closer to the truth, and yet all too often we find ways of complicating things for ourselves. We look for happiness where it does not exist – in shallow goals and desires – in possessions, quick thrills, and impressing the wrong people.
2. You do NOT need an easy fix. — You have to do hard things to be happy in life. The little things no one else is doing. The little things that frighten you. The little things others can’t do for you. The little things that make you question how much longer you can hold on and push forward. Because those are the things that define you. Those are the things that make the difference between existing and living – between knowing the path and walking the path – between a life of mediocrity and a life filled with happiness and success.
3. You do NOT need to be “better” than others. — The size of our universe shrinks dramatically when we place ourselves at the center – when we think everyone is our competition – when we think we have to be richer, smarter, and more attractive than the person sitting next to us. Such a goal just keeps a person alienated and tirelessly running in place. Now on the flip-side, take someone who doesn’t keep score, who’s not looking to be richer, or smarter, or more attractive, who has not the slightest interest even in being better than anyone else: she’s free. Bottom line: Compete only with yourself…
Happiness is being content with what you have, living in freedom and liberty, having a good family life and good friends.
Look, I don’t want to wax philosophic, but I will say that if you’re alive you’ve got to flap your arms and legs, you’ve got to jump around a lot, for life is the very opposite of death, and therefore you must at very least think noisy and colorfully, or you’re not alive.
Why do we?
We will work hard on a farm so we can move into town where we can make more money so we can move back to the farm.
We spend untold thousands transporting kids a mile to school where we insist they exercise in their million dollar gyms.
We have more TV sets and watch more TV than any other country in the world, yet no TV sets are manufactured in the US.
We have more time saving appliances and devices than ever before in history and never have time to do anything.
We insist on strict enforcement of traffic laws but are highly offended should we get ticketed for a violation.
In the office we talk about baseball, shopping or fishing, but when we’re at the game, we talk about business, shopping or fishing.
We’re highly offended by any reference to sex on TV during the times kids are watching, but never notice the violence, mayhem and murder.
We’re supposed to be one of the most civilized Christian nations on earth, but we still can’t deliver payrolls without an armored car.
We demand a good balance of trade, yet lust after almost any imported product.
We have more food to eat than any other country in the world and more diets to help keep us from eating it.
“Everybody is Ignorant, just on different subjects.”
Stumpy prepared a pasta dish for a dinner party he was giving. In his haste, however, he forgot to refrigerate the spaghetti sauce, and it sat on the counter all day. He was worried about spoilage, but it was too late to cook up another batch. He called the local Poison Control Center and voiced his concern. They advised Stumpy to boil the sauce again. That night, the phone rang during dinner, and a guest volunteered to answer it. Stumpy’s face dropped as the guest called out,
“It’s the Poison Control Center. They want to know how the spaghetti sauce turned out.”
The trouble with being punctual is that no one notices it when you are.
A new bride who was a bit embarrassed to be known as a honeymooner. So when she and her husband pulled up to the hotel, she asked him if there was any way that they could make it appear that they had been married a long time.
He responded, “Sure. You carry the suitcases!”
Why do you get on a bus and a train but get into a car?
A man traveling in southern Indiana was headed for the Kentucky border…when he saw a large sign… “LAST CHANCE FOR $3.25 GAS!!!”
He still had more than a quarter of a tank left, but figured he’d better take advantage of this opportunity to fill-up his tank.
As he was getting his change from the attendant, he asked, “How much is gas in Kentucky?”
The attendant replied, “$3.10…”
There is no happiness like that of being loved by your fellow creatures, and feeling that your presence is an addition to their comfort.
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