There’s no better time than now to be happy.

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As I’m writing this 2016 is fast coming to an end. 2017 is just around the corner, and who know what it holds . 

You perhaps won’t be surprised, therefore, that many people will be thinking of making resolutions around about now.

Fair enough! After all there is a lot of value in making goals, or better yet “well formed outcomes”.  In doing so, though, there is also the danger that as we are thinking about what could be we fail to appreciate what we already have.

Of course, I’m not suggesting this is true for you, but whether it is or it isn’t you may enjoy, perhaps even be challenged by, what has become quite a famous “poem” written by the Reverend Crystal Boyd.

She wrote it in an email to some friends in 1997, when she was going through a horrible time in her own life and since then it’s been read by millions throughout the world, though not always credited to her.

This is what she wrote:
 

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.

Hope you enjoyed what Reverend Boyd wrote as much as I did. There’s certainly a lot of down-to-earth, common sense in her words isn’t there.

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