Happiness – This is my take on happiness.
I guess my siblings would say that I was spoiled. As you know when I was born the Midwife handed me to my sister Georgie and said she had to take care of me as my Mother needed rest and recovery.(See the post “Hey There Georgie Girl”) Georgie took this very seriously and I’m sure she and my sister spent a lot of time caring for me until they left home. I do remember being rocked to sleep in the rocking chair and my sisters singing while rocking me. I must have had teaching by my other siblings as well as I could read and write before I was five years old. Georgie took me everywhere she went: picnic, ballgames, etc. no wonder I was a happy kid.
I suppose ignorance is bliss. I didn’t remember the “dirty thirties” and the hardships my family had faced during those years. I always had clothes to wear and good food to eat. There were no “well to do”people in our community so I didn’t miss what I didn’t know!
I was happy working in the bank as my first job. I used those managing money skills that I learned for a lifetime. I was happy with almost every job I had although I did walk out on two jobs where I felt I (and/or a co-worker) were not being treated fairly. Every day I was excited to go to work. You could say I was a “numbers” person as all my jobs were in accounting. I taught myself how to type but I would much rather calculate!
I was happy being single. I think it is important to note that my Mom and Dad never and I emphasize NEVER put any pressure on any of us to get married. I do think that was uncommon at that time although I have no proof that any of my friends were encouraged by their parents to marry. There were some, I suppose, who thought that life would be complete after they were married, had a home and a baby.
A quote comes from Alfred D. Souza. He said,
“For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin – real life. 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.”
You can choose to be happy or unhappy with your life.
So, treasure every moment that you have and treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time…and remember that time waits for no one.
So, stop waiting 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 get a promotion, 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 winter, until you retire, until your song comes on, until you’ve had a drink…. there is no better time than right now to be happy.
Work like you don’t need money,
Dance like no one’s watching,
And love like you’ve never been hurt.