Wednesday, June 1, 2011

From the Commonplace Book - On Happiness

Trying to find happiness is something like trying to fall asleep. As long as you consciously and zealously try to grasp it, it never comes. - Larry Crabb
Did you ever try to go to sleep? It's 2 AM and you know the baby will be up at five to nurse and the kids will want breakfast at seven? On nights like that there's nothing so illusive as sleep.

Happiness is the same. The more we dedicate ourselves to seeking our own happiness, the less likely we are to find it.
It is only possible to live happily ever after on a day-to-day basis. - Margaret Bonnano
There is no moment when we can say, "Yes, I've arrived! Now I will be perfectly happy, perfectly content, perfectly organized, perfectly..." whatever. Life is a day to day proposition.

And, while we're on the subject, here's a bonus quotation (that I've used before):
I have also learnt from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances; we carry the seeds of the one, or the other about with us, in our minds, wherever we go. - Martha Dandridge Custis Washington

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