To love life, to love it even when you have no stomach for it and everything you’ve held dear crumbles like burnt paper in your hands, your throat filled with the silt of it. When grief sits with you, its tropical heat thickening the air, heavy as water more fit for gills than lungs; when grief weights you like your own flesh only more of it, an obesity of grief, you think, How can a body withstand this? Then you hold life like a face between your palms, a plain face, no charming smile, no violet eyes, and you say, yes, I will take you I will love you, again. ― Ellen Bass
When everything seems imperfect and your woes seem neverending, have patience. I hate waiting, but patience is not just about waiting for something to happen, it’s being able to control your attitude while you wait. It’s about working hard to make a bad situation better. This is your life, no one else can live it for you but while you’re living you must also learn to have patience because your actions will speak louder than your words, and your thoughts will be what dictates whether that bad situation turns out to be a positive opportunity or just another bad ending.
For a lot of people, happiness is just around the corner. They just need to get their degree, a particular job, a promotion, or a raise. Maybe they’re waiting to get married or have a child. Perhaps they will be happy when they retire.
Alfred D’ Souza said, “For a long time it seemed to me that life was about to begin. 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.” John Lennon put it another way, “Life is what happens while you are making other plans.”
The point is our lives are happening now. If we are to get the satisfaction and fulfilment we want, we have to learn to draw pleasure and joy from everything that happens to us and around us because these experiences are the very essence of our life. The more conscious we are that life consists of the journey, not the destination, the more likely we are to get the most out of it.
So, if there are things you want to do, begin to fit them in now or accept the fact that you can be happy whether or not you do them.
Happiness isn’t just around the corner. It’s now or it’s never.
The good news is you have everything you need to be happy. Philosophers, poets, and scientists all agree it can’t be attained through money, prestige, or power. Happiness is not a fact… it’s a mindset. All you need is optimism and gratitude.
The need for significance is the emotional force behind much of our behavior. Life is driven by the desire for success. We want our lives to count for something. We have our own idea of what it means to be significant, and we work hard to reach our goals. Feeling loved by a spouse enhances our sense of significance. We reason, If someone loves me, I must have significance. ― Gary Chapman
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