Life is a journey, not a destination
One thing that my wise old grandmother often said, and something that I remember and practice to this day, is that “Life is a journey, not a destination. There will be hills and dales, ups and downs. Enjoy the journey.”
Since July 13, I have been recovering from a multitude of computer problems relating to viruses, malware, and just plain bad people trying to cause problems. While they succeeded for a while, I seem to be holding them at bay right now. All of this, though, is just part of life. Some might say that this part of the journey is not enjoyable, and my initial thought is to agree. However, during these times of bad people gaining control of my computers, I have learned a lot about them, their means, viruses, and malware. Therein lies the enjoyable part of the journey….knowledge.
As I have been going through old files that were infected and deleting the infection, I have also been reviewing those old files, chunking those that are no longer of any use to me and cataloging those that are.
One file that I found I will share with you here. I have no idea where the file came from, but it reminds me greatly of my wise old grandmother and her profound words of wisdom.
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 spouse gets his or her act together,
when we get a nicer car,
are able to go on a nice vacation,
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.
One of my favorite quotes comes from Alfred D. Souza. He said,
“For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin,
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 you have
and treasure it more because you shared it with someone special,
special enough to spend your time with,
and remember that time waits for no one.
So stop waiting until you finish school,
until you go back to school,
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 you are off welfare,
until the first or fifteenth,
until your song comes on,
until you’ve had a drink,
until you’ve sobered up,
until you are born again
to decide that there is no better time
than right now to be happy.
“Happiness is a journey, not a destination.”
I believe that if my wise old grandmother were here right now, she would be nodding her head in agreement.
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