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.

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! 2
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 . . . .

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 . . . 2

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.

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. 3
[1] -Happiness and Life Are a Journey ~Klaas Tuinman
* From, "One!The Journey hOMe", the eBook  by Klaas Tuinman MA, ©2007-19
-Happiness Is A Voyage ~Author unknown
[3] ~anon

Contributed by Deborah Canivet
Happiness And Life Are A Voyage
MorningStar Inspirations from Dawn Cove Abbey
"Roadside Assistance" For Your Journey Through Life
- Dedicated to helping people return (and maintain) sanity and decency to life -
From the eBook:
"One! The Journey hOMe", by Klaas Tuinman M.A, © 2007-2020

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