art of living does not consist in preserving and clinging
particular mood of happiness, but in allowing happiness
change its form. . . happiness, like a child,
must be allowed
to grow up.
do we get frustrated when we try to keep things the
same. We may feel good today and hope to keep that
feeling for a while, but you know, days change, situations
change, people change, and moods change. What made us
happy years ago does no longer, and what will make us happy
tomorrow can't be the same things that make us happy today.
used to love watching Winnie the Pooh cartoons. Now,
they're enjoyable, but not nearly as much as they used to
be. I used to love hot chocolate, but now I prefer a
nice hot cup of tea. There was a day long ago when
playing baseball was one of my favorite things in the world;
I haven't played in years now, and to be honest, I don't
really miss it at all.
grown, and I've changed. My tastes are different, as
are my desires. My happiness now is dependent on what
I give to the world, not what I take from it. I'm most
happy when I see other people feeling happy, not when I buy
things or receive gifts or even accomplish a difficult
task. The accomplishments are fine, for I love taking
on challenges and rising to the occasion, but that still
doesn't compare to the feeling I get when I see someone else
happy, especially when I had something to do with them being
happy. Perhaps it was something I said or did,
something very slight and seemingly unimportant, but it sure
did something for someone else.
many people not only try to hold on to happiness, but they
try to recapture happiness from times before.
"You can't go home again" is a very true saying,
for truly going home would be an attempt to recapture the
past. The past is gone, and today is here. We're
older and wiser and more capable of taking all we can from
the present moment, so here the present moment is--what are
you waiting for?