“So much of our life is spent trying to get somewhere, striving for the next reward, conquering the upcoming hurdles, protecting ourself from future danger. Happiness always seems to be just around the next bend, slightly beyond our reach. The dramatic character Shirley Valentine, a middle-aged London housewife who finds herself withering from boredom and routine, explains, “I always said I’d leave when the kids grew up, but when they grew up there was nowhere to go.”
How much time, by contrast, do we spend in the wonder of the present moment? How often do we seize the day rather than assume that there will be a tomorrow to which we can postpone our joy? What if happiness were not miles, years, or lifetimes away, but there in the simple recognition that wherever we are, God is?”
Alan Cohen, in “Dare to Be Yourself”
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