What is happiness? And how does one find it? If you really want the answer to this question, just observe a child for a while. Children don’t even have to think about it. Their lives are made up of new and first experiences; they get up each morning excited about what will happen today. What’s more, most of them are enthusiastic about learning new things in school.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if adults were equally as excited about learning and experiencing new things? Having learned our ABC’s and 123’s a long time ago, the majority of us have become indifferent about the events life holds for us each day. We get up every morning and go through our daily routine without any real emotion – unless someone cuts us off in traffic, that is. Unlike children, we are fairly certain we won’t be learning anything new and exciting during our ordinary day, so we don’t expect it.
Perhaps that’s the key—learning to live with the expectation that something new and fascinating will happen each day. If only we could look at the world through childlike eyes and see things based on truth rather than appearances and remain open to life’s lessons as we gain a new level of understanding and awareness. Every day presents opportunities to learn and share new insights with others.
Abe Lincoln said, “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
I agree. Enjoy life now – it has an expiration date!