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Be Happy Where You Are

Sadly, many of us continually postpone
our happiness indefinitely.
It's not that we consciously set out to do so,
but that we keep convincing ourselves,
"Someday I'll be happy."

we'll be happy when our bills are paid,
when we get out of school,
get our first job, a promotion.
We convince ourselves that life will be better
after we get married,
have a baby, then another.

Then we are frustrated that the kids aren't old enough
we'll be more content when they are.
After that, we're frustrated that we have
teenagers to deal with. We will certainly
be happy when they are 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.

And on and on and on!

Meanwhile, life keeps moving forward.

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 got through first,
some unfinished business,
time still to be served, 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.

.... and remember that time waits for no one...

Yesterday is history
Tomorrow a mystery
Today is a gift

That's why it's called the "present" !

Not sure who the author of this wonderful
piece is. If you know for certain, e-mail me please.

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"The stars are merely a means to guide our future with...
a future full of promise, bright beacons and endless possibilities."
BKH - April 1999