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April 22

   "Some day I'll be happy". Is this a line I have thought, or said? Why do I keep waiting for happiness to come my way, in the same way I might wait for "perfect weather" to come my way?
   When I find myself waiting for happiness in our relationship, it's time to ask myself what I mean. Do I see happiness as freedom from problems? A beautiful home? A wonderful job? No financial problems? Lots of sex? An adoring partner? And so on?
   If I wait for the right circumstances to come along before I'm happy, I'm likely to be gravely disappointed. In my image of the future, I may be expecting much of my world to be near perfect; reality always shows me that the world is far from it, and so is human nature.
   Perhaps one clue I do have is remembering how happy I am when I look back in photo albums, or reminisce about good times. I see that most of my happy moments came from times when I shared caring, playful times with others - splashing at the beach, an outdoor BBQ, a gathering of friends, a day of laughter-filled games, etc. If I look at what I'm doing today, I have the same kinds of opportunities and more, no matter what my money or other circumstances may be.

Just for Today

Happiness is like manna; it is to be gathered in grains, and enjoyed every day. It will not keep; it cannot be accumulated; nor have we got to go out of ourselves or into remote places to gather it, since it has rained down from a Heaven, at our very door. - Tyron Edwards


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