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February 24

   It would be nice to picture myself on a warm tropical island, relaxing in a cool breeze, with no clock, just me and my SO holding hands, laying down enjoying the serenity of the moment.
   If someone asked me if I would be happy doing that for real, I would say yes! Except for the tropical island however, what is stopping me from doing those things? Likely, I'll answer that I have responsibilities - bills to pay, chores to do, things to take care of. There hardly seems to be enough time for all those things, and when I do get time to relax, often the "real world" keeps interrupting.
   When I look at what choices I'm making though, I can often spot things that add unnecessary turmoil and work to my life. My belongings own me; I vegetate, or use my free time in unsatisfying ways.
   If I spent a few hours occasionally with the phone unplugged, the TV off, curled up with my SO on a soft blanket on the living room floor, would the world come to an end? When was the last time we sat or laid underneath the stars?

Just for Today
   Today, do I feel as if I'm madly rushing around at times in the pursuit of happiness? If so, I'll take the time to purposely slow down and use my free time with thoughtfulness. I might find moments of happiness have been waiting for me all along, and can add up in ways I never imagined.

Happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. - Nathaniel Hawthorne


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