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No Time Like the Present

If abundance of “things”, opportunities, food choices, and activities could make folks happy, then we should be in one continual state of hilarity!  Our great grandparents did not have to consider which restaurant would be their choice for dinner.  They were not planning what to do for entertainment or where to go this weekend….if they left the farm, it was to go to town for groceries and supplies.  They did not have “extra” money to spend on summer vacations, boats, resorts, or spas.  Most lived on farms in order to raise a crop for income and a large garden for food.  Work was not optional. Failure to work meant that the crop would not be planted, weeded, or harvested on time.  Spare time was the time after the evening meal when folks would “rest” for a while before retiring to bed.  Sunrise came early and chores never took days off.

Yet, in the midst of all of the demands, most shared a great family unity.  People were concerned for their neighbors.  Times when they could have community or church events made those days extra special.  The folks were found singing while they worked, and were continually looking for ways to have “something to look forward to” at the end of the day or week.  Jumping into the cold “spring” water was invigorating at the end of the day.  Riding and “racing” the mules back from the fields was their sporting event.  The amazing thing was the level of citizens those folks turned out to be as adults and how very happy they were (for the most part) with life.  Their happiness was a result of internal peace from a sense of accomplishment along the way…and not in the number of possessions acquired.

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 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, when we are able to go on a nice vacation, or when we retire. The truth is, there’s no better time to be happy than right now. So, treasure every moment that you have. 

 So, stop waiting…….
–until your car or home is paid off
–until you get a new car or home
–until your kids leave the house
–until you go back to school
–until you finish school
–until you lose or gain 10 lbs.
–until you get married  and have kids
–until you retire
–until summer, spring, winter, or fall
–until you die
There is no better time than right now to be happy. Happiness is a journey, not a destination.