“This time, like all other times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” Dalai Lama
We walk around, it’s in our mind…everyday.
“Never give up on something that you can’t stop thinking about.” Huff Post
At this age we’ve experienced divorce, serious illness, death, offspring joy and disappointment, successful careers and long lives. We don’t worry so much because we know most things will work out…just as they are naturally destined. We’ve learned how to listen, empathize, comfort and show up in the lives of our friends. Smiling is easy and laughter is treasured. We appreciate the present, but plan mightily for the future. Our grandchildren amaze us and we admire the youth who rear them.
We choose to be happy and bonded together.
I hear people criticize others when they’re not consistent over time. Seems to me that evolving thinking is clearly a sign of intelligence. Rigidity is not.
For example, just look at nature – as it changes..
As said in an earlier post, if you want an item, take a photo. Carry it around, show people and talk about the fun you had – free. So you don’t feel deprived, dress up and enjoy the shopping trip. Along the way, smile at and talk to people you meet, hold some doors open, smile at babies and young children and, generally – spread a little cheer. Donate what change you have in the red kettle as you leave – and feel grateful for the experience.
“I believe in denial… Denial is a marvelous thing.” Kitty Carlisle
“If I have any wisdom to impart to my children, it’s this: Happiness doesn’t come from planning out every detail. It comes when you learn to handle the stuff you didn’t plan for.” Ann Brenoff
In fact, structured planning of one’s life is stifling.