It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Chapter 3, Page 8, Book 16

There are only two roads that lead to something like human happiness. They are marked by the words: love and achievement. In order to be happy oneself it is necessary to make at least one other person happy. The secret of human happiness is not in self-seeking but in self-forgetting. 

Theodor Reik

March 8th - the journey continues, we are nearly there

I love road trips, though my expectations are always unrealistic. When the children were young, their father and I enjoyed the scattered conversations and joking that went on inside our van. We were usually pulling our pop up camper to the next of the many state parks we visited.  That camper slept 8, but we slept 9 in it as at that time the children were little and you could sleep 3 of them to a bed.

We fantasized aloud about what we might find at our destination, and, deep in our hearts, we considered how wonderful our lives would be once we finally arrived. Real joy was always just ahead and over the next hill, never in the immediate moment.

We need to remember though, that we live and love in the moment and not when we reach our destination.  Just like our road trips were packed full of fun and laughter that will never be forgotten. 

They’d ask, are we there yet?  The best answer I had for them then, and for all of us now as we approach the end of Lent is that, We are near. Sit back and enjoy the ride.

People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost. 

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


betty said...

I like your answer "we are near". I'll have to remember that in the future if asked such a question. Indeed we are near to Easter and our journey continues on.


jack69 said...

Of course this entry resonates. I love the thoughts of trips. I smiles at sleeping 9 in 8. We have done that but it is always our two with added extended family members. I know you have so many memories that keep your heart warm.
Good answer from a Mom, sit back and enjoy the trip! Something we all need to heed@!

Rick Watson said...

Great post. I loved the last quote about just because they aren't on your road doesn't mean their lost.
Cha Ching.

baili said...

liked the idea that sit back and enjoy the ride ,
in life time comes when we are less in spot light but it is a great ability yet we enjoy the show watching others facing the ups and downs of life and feeling happy in their happiness and being sad on their grief ,keeping heat and soul lighten up with the candles of countless memories