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.
Life has a tendency to provide a person with what they need in order to grow. Our beliefs, and what we value in life, provide the roadmap for the type of life that we experience. A period of personal unhappiness reveals that our values are misplaced and we are on the wrong path. Unless a person changes their values and ideas, they will continue to experience discontentment.
― Kilroy J. Oldster