"I am an old man and have a great many troubles, but most of them never happened."
- Mark Twain
As Good As it Gets
This week's tip can be expressed best with the following quote by Alfred D'Souza:
"For a long time it seemed to me that life was about to begin - real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life."
Are you "postponing" happiness for the future, thinking that once you deal with certain problems or settle lingering issues everything will be smooth sailing? While our lives can always be improved and steps can be taken to overcome our trials, to be truly content we have to accept a simple fact: life will never be a piece of cake. Tough times are part of the human experience, but this doesn't mean we can't appreciate the GOOD things in our lives. Even if, for example, we might be facing stormy times in a relationship or financial struggles, we are still able to enjoy a laugh with a friend, chocolate ice cream or a walk through the park. The good things don't go anywhere, but our focus on the negative makes their real value fade. Remind yourself that your life is NOW and that there will always be bumps along the way - but there will also be plenty of reasons to smile.