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

Author Unknown

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Chapter 8, Page 3, Book 17

The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. 

Allan K. Chalmers

Happiness is a gift

Happiness is inward, and not outward; and so it does not depend on what we have, but on what we are.

Henry van Dyke

The path to happiness is not as elusive as it may seem. The trouble is that people tend to look for it in places where it cannot be found. Wealth, power, and self centeredness each offer the same empty promises.

Eventually, most of us end up settling in some part of our life.  We let go of certain ideals and dreams, we compromise, and we make trade offs.  We gradually learn that we can’t have everything we want, because not every outcome in life can be perfectly controlled.  But if we pay close attention, we also learn that we can make the best of every outcome, and still get a lot of what we want in life, if we manage our time, energy and attitude appropriately.

A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.

Hugh Downs

We need  to choose our battles wisely, and don’t let perfect become the enemy of great. Remind yourself that what you pay attention to grows.  So focus on what really matters and let go of what does not.

Just because today is uncomfortable and stressful, doesn’t mean tomorrow won’t be wonderful.  You just got to get there.

We always have enough to be happy if we are enjoying what we do have--and not worrying about what we don't have.

Ken Keyes, Jr.


betty said...

That is a great last quote of enjoying what we have and not worrying about what we don't have. I just need to stop worrying in general.


jack69 said...

If one must battle, it is smart to pick them. Some are better just to take the loss and go on. Happiness seems illusive at times, but when one is determined to be positive and LIVE, happiness will come to join you!
Nice stuff!

Mevely317 said...

"Remind yourself that what you pay attention to grows." What a truism!

BTW, I shared a portion of your commentary on Change in yesterday's morning line-up. 'Wasn't sure how it went over, but a little later my Guest Services Manager came up to me and said "thank you" for sharing that; "I enjoyed it."


I believe what Hugh Downs says is true. "A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes."