breathing in deep.

November 7, 2008

I found this really create quote and it kind of relates back to my post in August

“waiting on a cure.”

When did I lose sight of the present, only to wait a little bit longer, in hopes of being happy.

I guess that hardest part is looking the present dead on, and accepting life for what it is. Accept that happiness is a state of mind and that contentment is obtainable. So breathe in deep, and stop waiting a little bit longer and be happy now.

I just think this idea of the here and now is so important. Tonight we had our last night before initiation and that's it. My last thing in Kappa ever, then I graduate. Then I graduate, then what? I need to focus on what’s going on today, right now, in this moment and really appreciate that, because before I know it, its gone.

When I was in Florence, at our first meeting of the summer, Dr. Benton told us, that, these next couple months are going to come with their challenges, we’re going to struggle and we’re going to have to learn how to push through, but we have to remember, it’s not about the destination- its about the journey.

Graduation is my destination at this point in my life, but would it feel as good and rewarding if I didn’t experience the journey that is my senior year? So, here I am, vulnerable, open and breathing in deep - so that I, can experience the journey.

I looked for the original, “Happiness is the journey” quote - it’s wonderful. Enjoy it and learn to find your happiness.

We convince ourselves that life will be better after we get married, have a baby, then another. Then we’re 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’ll certainly be happy when they’re 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 - real life. 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.”

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 with…and remember that time waits for no one.

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 you’re off welfare, 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’re born again to decide that there is no better time than right now to be happy.

Happiness is a journey, not a destination.

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