Every month my employer sends out a newsletter consisting of anything from "Town Hall Meeting" times and stories of our impact around the community to employees of the month and up coming events. It is always up lifting and promotes a culture of community, and October's 'issue' was no different.
On the front page, you will always find a message from our CEO who strives to be a servant leader. This month's message was a story shared to her by a doctor and it is a lesson I need to be reminded of constantly. I want to share with you that story, hoping that you will be as convicted as I was.
We convince ourselves that life will be better once we are married, have a baby, then another. Then we get frustrated because our children are not old enough. We tell ourselves all will be well when they are older. Then we are frustrated because they reach adolescence, and we must deal with them. Surely we'll be happier hen they grow out of the teen years. We tell ourselves our life will be better when our spouse gets his/her act together, when we have a nicer car, when we can take a vacation, when we finally 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 decide to be happy in spite of it all. For the longest time, it seemed that life was about to start. Real life! But there was 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 would start.
I finally came to understand that those obstacles ARE life. That point of view helped me see that there isn't any road to happiness. Happiness IS the road. So, enjoy the moment.
Stop waiting for school to end, for a return to school, to lose 10 pounds, to gain 10 pounds, for work to begin, to get married, for Friday evening, for Sunday mornings, waiting for a new car, for your mortgage to be paid off, for spring, for summer, for fall, 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 than now. Live and enjoy the moment.
I Love My Life. My Joys Are Simple.
I Am Happy.