Life and happiness are simply no more than a voyage: part of the same journey.
A journey in which we too often lose our way
and get bogged down with things;
things that not only have nothing to do with the journey,
but impede or halt it completely.
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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,
and that 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
            when 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
                            that 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 to 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
were my life!
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    They are all legitimate parts of life,
but parts to which we give more meaning and priority
than they often deserve:
and they take over . . . .
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That point of view
    helped me see
    that there isn’t any road
            to happiness.

                          Happiness IS the road. 2

                               Life is the road 1

    So, enjoy every moment.

Stop waiting
  for school to end,
  for a return to school,
          to lose ten pounds,
          to gain ten pounds,
                  for work to begin,
                  to get married,
                          for Friday evening,
                          for Sunday morning,
                  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. 2

          And so it is with life itself 1. . .

There is no better time to be happy than . . .
NOW! 2
  Begin to LIVE, now! 1
          Live!
                  and enjoy the moment . . .
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            Now, think and try to answer these questions:
            Name the 5 richest people in the world.
            Name the last 5 Miss Universe winners.
            Name the last 10 Nobel Prize winners.
            Name the last 10 winners
            Name of the Best Actor Oscar.

Can’t do it?
Rather difficult, isn’t it?
          Don’t worry,
                  nobody remembers that.

                  Applause dies away!
                  Trophies gather dust!
                  Winners are soon forgotten.

Now answer these questions:
  Name 3 teachers who contributed to your education.
  Name 3 friends who helped you in your hour of need.
  Think of a few people who made you feel special.
  Name 5 people that you like to spend time with.

                          More manageable?
                          It’s easier, isn’t it?

The people who mean something to your life
  are not rated “the best”,
          don’t have the most money,
                  haven’t won the greatest prizes . . .

             They are the ones
                  who care about you,
                  take care of you,
                          those who,
                          no matter what,
                                  stay close by.

                  Think about it for a moment.
                         Life is very short!
           And you, in which list are you?
   Don’t know?

Let me give you a hand.
You are not among the most “famous”,
but among those
to whom I care to send this message . . .

You know- - - -
Some time ago, at the Seattle Olympics,
nine athletes, all mentally or physically challenged,
were standing on the start line for the 100 metre race.

The gun fired and the race began.
Not everyone was running,
    but everyone wanted to participate and win.  

    They ran in threes,
            a boy tripped and fell,
            did a few somersaults and started crying.
                    The other eight heard him crying.
            They slowed down and looked behind them.
            They stopped and came back . . .

                    All of them . . .

     A girl with Down's Syndrome sat down next to him,
     hugged him and asked,
“Feeling better now?”

             Then, all nine walked shoulder to shoulder to the finish line.
                     The whole crowd stood up and applauded.
                     And the applause lasted a very long time. . .
                     People who witnessed this still talk about it.

                           Why?

           Because deep down inside us,
           we all know
                   that the most important thing in life
                   is much more than winning for ourselves.

     The most important thing in this life
     is to help others to win.
Even if that means slowing down
and changing our own race.

                    A candle loses nothing
                    when it is used
                    to light another one.
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Acknowledgements:
[1] -Happiness and Life Are a Journey ~Klaas Tuinman
* From, "One!The Journey hOMe", the eBook  by Klaas Tuinman MA, ©2007-17
[2] -Happiness Is A Voyage ~Author unknown
[3] ~anon

Contributed by Deborah Canivet
Happiness And Life Are A Voyage
MorningStar Inspirations
from Dawn Cove Abbey
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Roadside assistance for your Journey through Life