It’s a strange phenomenon today that there are so many books, programs, and inspirational quotes to “teach” us how to be happy. In spite of all the conveniences we have at our disposal, we frequently complain that we don’t have enough time. Compared to the slower pace I grew up with, life in these modern times travels at warp speed. We’re in a hurry to do everything–get married; have children and raise them; find fulfilling work (not necessarily in that order). We cram so much into a single 24-hour period that we often find ourselves juggling too many balls. Inevitably, some of them drop. When that happens, stress, guilt, and unhappiness usually follow. We’re a product of our times, spending part of today looking ahead to the uncompleted tasks and unsolved problems lurking in our tomorrow.
It seems too simplistic to say that we need to slow down….but there’s truth in that old cliché. Happiness doesn’t come from having everything we want, exactly the way we dreamed. As we grow, priorities change; we learn that there are very few absolutes. It’s not that we compromise–rather, we adjust to reality. Learn to treat ourselves more gently, and let it all ripple outward from there.
Years ago, I worked in a nursing home, and I still remember one of the residents saying, “You think you’ve got it bad? Someone else always has a worse story.” Worse stories are on the news, every day. We have so much to be grateful for!
If you haven’t already, I challenge you to look at your life with new eyes. Daily miracles are too often missed, like diamonds set in brass–it’s a matter of focus, and of choice, which one you see.