Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Happiness / Click To Donate

Happiness is not simply the absence of despair. It is an affirmative state in which our lives have both meaning and pleasure....The three components of happiness are something to do, someone to love, and something to look forward to.
Gordon Livingston (b.1939?)

The state of happiness has no preset boundaries, nothing limits its size, except you. I can find hundreds of reasons to be happy, but only a few to be sad about. Why in heavens name would I rent more space to a handful of melancholy fellows than I would to a multitude of happy gents? My mind is the home I live in, I own it, who lives there, with me, is my choice and mine alone.
Bothersome visitors will come, but you are not beholden to allow them squatters rights there, anymore than you would be if someone distasteful showed up at your address and set up a tent. How long would you give them to vacate before eviction? The same principle applies to the brain space that is your internal home. In fact, I believe this is the most important location to keep squatter free, because it is a task you have to perform alone. Just a short verse for clarity follows. I hope you enjoy.

You cannot call 911 for help to clear your head,
of a thought taking up precious ground.
Police cars will not suddenly appear,
to arrest and haul it out of town.
But, the intense freedom of evicting a negative
is worth the struggle every time,
So, scan often for all invaders,
who only shrink your happy state of mind.
Toss them out and burn their tents,
then send them packing down the road,
because if joy is your final destination you cannot afford the heavy load.

I got the email below and share it here to broaden the subject at hand.

As we grow up, we learn that even the one person that wasn't supposed to ever let you down probably will.
You will have your heart broken probably more than once and it's harder every time.
You'll break hearts too, so remember how it felt when yours was broken.
You'll fight with your best friend.
You'll blame a new love for things an old one did.
You'll cry because time is passing too fast, and you'll eventually lose someone you love.
So take too many pictures, laugh too much, and love like you've never been hurt because every sixty seconds you spend upset is a minute of happiness you'll never get back