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Jun 9Liked by MH

Mitch, I enjoyed your post and admire your search for living your best life. A habit I picked up from my dad is to collect meaningful quotes. Today, I suspect, quotes are more typically delivered as memes. But I find my collection to be useful to revisit from time to time.

One of my boys, who was close to finishing college, seemed to be impatient about finding a job and getting on with his life, so much so that I thought he was missing out on the good things that were occurring in his life. I sent him the below quote that I had saved from many years before that had moved me when I thought I had been off track in finding happiness in my life. Im not so sure that happiness can be planned or reduced to a formula. Instead, I think happiness truly is found in the chaos of life. We may not be realize it in the moment, but it is there. I offer the below for your consideration because I believe happiness is the way.

Bill (630am)

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 more 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 partner gets his or her act together when we get a nicer car, are able to go on a nice holiday, 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.

A quote 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...and remember that time waits for no one.

So, stop waiting 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 winter, until your song comes on, until you've had a drink.... there is no better time than right now to be happy.

Happiness is a journey, not a destination.

Work like you don't need money,

Love like you've never been hurt,

And dance like no one's watching.

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Jun 9Author

I love everything about this!

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