Be happy and stay happy.

“We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.”
Frederick Keonig

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Choose Happiness

Choose to be happy today . . .

“Life is a choice. We can choose to be miserable, or we can choose to be happy in the midst of miserable circumstances.

Today, I choose to be happy. I won't wait for things to be perfect to be happy. My wounds will heal and things will work out good for me for I put my trust in Him.

One of my happiest moments, it was appreciating the very first fountain I saw in Europe. My friend took this clip at the commercial square in Portugal.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Quotes for a Happy Traveler

Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind. Seneca

Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen. Benjamin Disraeli

For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move. Robert Louis Stevenson

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. Henry Miller

A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. Lao Tzu

A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked. Bernard Meltzer

Everyone hears what you say. Friends listen to what you say. Best friends listen to what you don't say. Anonymous

The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend. Henry David Thoreau

Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer. Ed Cunningham

If a man does not make new acquaintance as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone. A man, Sir, should keep his friendship in constant repair. Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784) British lexiographer

Good judgment comes from experience and experience comes from bad judgment. Rita Mae Brown

I want to have a good body, but not as much as I want dessert. Jason Love

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. Walt Disney

Always do right, this will gratify some and astonish the rest. Mark Twain

We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can fly only by embracing each other. Lucian de Crescenzo

What affects men sharply about a foreign nation is not so much finding or not finding familiar things; it is rather not finding them in the familiar place. G.K. Chesterton

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. Mark Twain

There is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage like the beginning of it. Charles Dudley Warner

Nature's great masterpiece, an elephant; the only harmless great thing. John Donne

When you have got an elephant by the hind legs and he is trying to run away, it's best to let him run. Abraham Lincoln

The question is, are we happy to suppose that our grandchildren may never be able to see an elephant except in a picture book? David Attenborough

Mountains are earth's undecaying monuments. Nathaniel Hawthorne

Friday, October 2, 2009

More Things to Ponder On

A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes

A dream is a wish your heart makes
When you're fast asleep.
In dreams you will lose your heartaches
Whatever you wish for you keep.
Have faith in your dreams and someday
Your rainbow will come smiling through
No matter how your heart is grieving,
If you keep on believing,
The dream that you wish will come true.

A dream is a wish your heart makes
When you're feeling small.
Alone in the night you whisper
Thinking no one can hear you at all.
You wake with the morning sunlight
To find fortune that is smiling on you.
Don't let your heart be filled with sorrow,
for all you know tomorrow
The dream that you wish will come true.

A new fresh beginning,
promises of new joys,
miracles big and small . . .
God's wish for us all.

The Sin of Omission : by Margaret E. Sangster
It isn't the thing you do, dear,
It's the thing you leave undone
That gives you a bit of a heartache
At setting of the sun.
The tender work forgotten,
The letter you did not write,
The flowers you did not send, dear,
Are your haunting ghosts at night.
The stone you might have lifted
Out of a brother's way;
The bit of heart some counsel
You were hurried too much to say;
The loving touch of the hand, dear,
The gentle, winning tone
Which you had no time nor thought for
With troubles enough of your own.
Those little acts of kindness
So easily out of mind,
Those chances to be angels
Which we poor mortals find
They come in night and silence,
Each sad, reproachful wraith,
When hope is faint and flagging,
And a chill has fallen on faith.
For life is all too short, dear,
To suffer our slow compassion
That tarries until too late:
And it isn't the thing you do, dear,
It's the thing you leave undone
Which gives you a bit of heartache
At the setting of the sun.

10 COMMANDMENTS for those over Forty
  1. Focus on enjoying people, not on indulging in or accumulating material things.
  2. Plan to spend whatever you have saved. You deserve to enjoy it and the few healthy years you have left. Travel if you can afford it. Don't leave anything for your children or loved ones to quarrel about. By leaving anything, you may even cause more trouble when you are gone.
  3. Live in the here and now, not in the yesterdays and tomorrows. It is only today that you can handle. Yesterday is gone, tomorrow may not even happen.
  4. Enjoy your grandchildren (if you are blessed with any) but don't be their full time baby sitter. You have no moral obligation to take care of them. Don't have any guilt about refusing to baby sit anyone's kids, including your own grandkids. Your parental obligation is to your children After you have raised them into responsible adults, your duties of child-rearing and babysitting are finished. Let your children raise their own offspring.
  5. Accept physical weakness, sickness and other physical pains. It is a part of the aging process. Enjoy whatever your health can allow.
  6. Enjoy what you are and what you have right now. Stop working hard for what you do not have. If you do not have them, it's probably too late.
  7. Just enjoy your life with your spouse, children, grandchildren and friends. People, who truly love you, love you for yourself, not for what you have. Anyone who loves you for what you have will just give you misery.
  8. Forgive and accept forgiveness. Forgive yourself and others. Enjoy peace of mind and peace of soul.
  9. Befriend death. It's a natural part of the life cycle. Don't be afraid of it. Death is the beginning of a new and better life. So, prepare yourself not for death but for a new life with the Almighty.
  10. Be at peace with your Creator for He is all you have after you leave this life.