The following was published in the January 2000 issue of Alien Times, but Reverend Crystal Boyd contacted us in 2007 to let us know that she was the original author. Please see her website: http://www.happinessisajourney.com/
Aren't we all happy that Y2K has come and gone without any Y2K-os (as in chaos, in case you didn't catch it)? Many doomsday scenarios were part of the rumor mill, but at least the immediate collapse of modern civilization type scenarios has proven to have been false.
Nevertheless, all of the hype about the roll-over has perhaps made us more aware of time and its influence on our lives. The following is a short essay of unknown authorship that I think speaks to people of all philosophical and religious persuasions. We present it to you our readers as a Happy New Year's (Century's, Millennium's) thought.
(Reverend Boyd's essay starts here.)
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 are out of that stage. 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 vacation, when we retire.
The truth is, there's no better time to be happy than right now. If not now, when? Your life will always be filled with challenges. It's best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy anyway. One of my favorite quotes 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." This perspective has helped me to see that there is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way. 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 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 the house, 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 fall, until winter, until you are off welfare, until the first or fifteenth, until your song comes on, until you've had a drink, until you've sobered up, until you die to decide that there is no better time than right now to be happy. Remember: Happiness is a journey, not a destination.
(Reverend Boyd's essay ends here.)
Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some people become friends and stay a while leaving beautiful footprints on our hearts and we are never quite the same because we have made a good friend!! Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That's why it's called the present! I think this is special. Live and savor every moment. This is not a dress rehearsal!
Thought for the day:
Work like you don't need money,
Love like you've never been hurt,
And dance like no one's watching.
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