Saturday, February 04, 2006

Related thoughts on happiness

As I mentioned in the previous post, I was having a bit of trouble last fall. Actually, it started before that, but came to crisis point in November. I simply was not happy about much in my life and had been drifting for far too long. Starting this blog was part of a discipline I decided I must enforce to turn things around. And they have turned around dramatically.

As if to chide me for taking so long to figure it out and make a change, I came across these three quotations or thoughts over the course of about three weeks in January. They made me smile because, in my better place, they seem so obvious, and in thinking back to my struggles last year, the advice I needed. If only I can keep them in mind should things turn again

"We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about." -Kingsley

"If [Tom Sawyer] had been a great & wise philosopher, like the writer of this book, he would now have comprehended that Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do and that Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do." -Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, 1876

"Relax. You can't achieve any goal if you're uninspired, overworked and out of balance." -Leslie Groene, Picture Yourself & The Life You Want

2 comments:

Mad Max said...

“Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans” -John Lennon said that.

"Planning is as overrated as serendipity is underrated" - I said that.

Lisa Call said...

I love the 1st and 3rd quotes. They make me want to quit my day job and just make art. Unfortunately eating and having a place to live aren't genearlly optional with children. Sigh...