Posted by Jayantha Gunaratne on March 18, 1999 at 06:15:08:

> 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 favourite 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...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
> are 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 are born again to decide that there is no better time than right
> now to be happy. Happiness is a journey, not a destination.
> Thought for the day:
> Work like you don't need money,
> Love like you've never been hurt,
> And dance like no one's watching.

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