Happiness Is A Journey

Image of the Week 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 and we'll be more content when they are. After that we are 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. 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 ways always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten 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 ... 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 are off welfare, until the first or the fifteenth, until your song comes on, until you've had a drink, until you've sobered up, until you die, until you are born again to decide that there is no better time than right now to be happy....Happiness is a journey, not a destination.

Work like you don't need money,
Love like you've never been hurt,
And dance like no one's watching.
-Anonymous



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    On Aug 20, 2021 Preethi wrote:
    Totally agree to this. We postpone happiness thinking it is at another destination and do not realise it is a journey.

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    On Dec 7, 2020 Ma. hazel Naag wrote:
    Yes, being happy is a choice, and to be happy does not require any requirement. The rough roads of life is a manifestations that we are alive and we are an active players in this unquestionable world we live in. So choose to be happy now!

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    On Sep 19, 2020 Fatuma Namukasa wrote:
    Woooow... incredible pointers...life is now... when we live mindfully...there is no obstacle ...only experiences on our path... Blessings

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    On Dec 7, 2015 John wrote:

     Wow, seems this has been plagiarized numerous times.  It sounds like Eduardo, but I can't find an original publication.  Richard Carlson published, Don't sweat the small stuff" in 1996, and these paragraphs come right out of that book.  He does not reference anyone else so I'm assuming its original.  In any case its a nice quote.


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    On Dec 4, 2015 Tere wrote:

     this was written by Eduardo Galeano (Uruguayan), except the last three lines.


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    On May 3, 2015 Mercedes wrote:

     Eduardo galeano - NOT ANONYMOUS


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    On Jan 22, 2013 KRUSHNA CHAITANYA wrote:
    This article repeats the age-old saying of enjoying happiness NOW AND HERE but we always read NO-WHERE. 

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    On Jan 22, 2013 Zafar Chaudhry wrote:
     I guess our surroundings have effect on how we think and behave. To accept happiness as a journey, not a destination would probably take twice the effort in this environment - not an impossible feat.

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    On May 20, 2007 Rev. Crystal Boyd wrote:
    Hey- just to let you know that I wrote this...www.crystalboyd.com

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