Wasting life away

Wasting life away

 

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Wasting life away

I hear it all the time, “I’ll be happy when…” or “When I retire I will do all the things I want to”. Foolish foolish – that’s all I can say.  I mean, each to their own but I think this attitude lacks wisdom. I never take the future for granted. Perhaps that’s due my health issues but I have never planned too far ahead and I try to make the most of the present moment.

Why put off till tomorrow what you could possibly do right now? The other thing to consider is that you have the choice to be happy now. Sure, you may not have everything you want or have achieved your goals but that doesn’t mean you need to be miserable until you get it.

I like the saying “Happiness is an inside job” and it’s true. You can make the choice to be happy despite the circumstances. A wonderful book to read that illustrates this is “Man’s Search for meaning” by Viktor Frankl – an Austrian Psychiatrist who was imprisoned in Auschwitz during the second world war. He wrote of the dire circumstances but was defiant in his attitude that the prison guards could not take away his happy memories or his inner world that he chose to keep as positive as possible.

I am not saying you must be happy no matter what as that is unrealistic but don’t for one minute believe that happiness is out of reach due to an external factor being absent. We can choose what we want to believe about any event.

Don’t delay happiness until you get the house or find a relationship, you are wasting precious days living ‘half a life’. Find things in your life that you are appreciative of and practise gratitude daily. There is always someone worse off than you.

Mandy X