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'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.
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 -
But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten
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".
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
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 the first or 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 the money
Love like you've never been hurt
Dance like no one is watching
Sing like no one is listening
Live as if this is paradise on earth.