Monday, December 6, 2010

Happiness Voyage

You know how it is,  you get the endless jokes, chain letters or feel good emails, some you read, some you delete without reading, some you forward on and forget about.

I received this email about 3 years ago and it really hit home with me. It is the best email I have received so far.  I have found myself going back to it over the years, just to refresh it in my brain.  It is so true and I think we all could learn something from this message.

Happiness Voyage

We convince ourselves that life will be better once we are married, have a baby, then another.
Then we get frustrated because our children aren’t old enough and that all will be well when they are older.
Then we are frustrated because they reach adolescence and we must deal with them. Surely we will be happier when they grow out of the teen years,
We tell ourselves life with be better when our spouse gets his/her act together, when we have a nicer car, when we take a holiday, when we retire.
The truth is there is no better time to be happy than right now. If not, then when?
Your life will always be full of challenges. It is better to admit as much and to decide to be happy spite of it all.
For the longest time, it seems like life was about to start. Real life.
But there is always some obstacle along the way, an ordeal to get through, some work to be finished, some time to be given, a bill to be paid. Then life will start.
I finally came to  understand that those obstacles were life.
That point of view helped me see that there isn’t any road to happiness. Happiness is the road.
So enjoy every moment.
Stop waiting for school to end, for the return to school, to lose ten kilos, to gain ten kilos, for work to begin, to get married, for Friday evening, for Sunday morning, waiting for a new car, for your mortgagee to be paid off, for spring, for summer, for autumn, for winter, for the first or the fifteenth of the month, for your song to be played on the radio, to die, to be reborn……..before deciding to be happy.
Happiness is a voyage not a destination.
There is no better time to be happy then
Live and enjoy the moment

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