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 leave that stage behind!
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 holiday, when we retire.
The truth is, there’s no better time to be happy than right now.
If not, when?
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 home,
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 spring, until summer, until Autumn, until winter,
until you are off welfare, until the first or fifteenth,
until your song comes on, until your ship comes in,
until you’ve had a drink, until you’ve sobered up,
until you die.
Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.
Hyman Judah Schactel