Happiness is a process

Happiness is a process. I used to say that happiness only occurs in retrospect. That’s probably true for a lot of people. It doesn’t have to be, though. A lot of the whole “be here now” concept is just a matter of realizing how wonderful your life is, with all its warts and struggles. You’re a miracle — with feet that walk, eyes that see and a brain that thinks. You are a survivor. A raging success.

Happiness is the craft of enjoying yourself, forgiving yourself and bettering yourself, a little every day.

Happiness is a process

4 thoughts on “Happiness is a process

  1. Of course I’ve heard of Greg Brown, I’ll have to check out Peter Mayer though.

    James released a record a few years ago called “October Road” which I really like so if you’re a fan, and your not familiar with it, you should pick up.

    Definitely get Tao of Pooh. You can read it in a couple of hours. After I read it last I quit my job and started down an entirely different road which was difficult but the best thing I ever did!



  2. mnphenow says:

    That book has been on my to-buy list for a long time. I’ll have to pick it up finally…

    Too true about the James Taylor. Lots of great music on the theme. Are you familiar with Peter Mayer? He’s a local folk singer–great guitar player. Another great one is Greg Brown.


  3. And don’t forget James Taylor…

    “The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time”

    I also try to “live my life in abundance” where I have the knowledge that I am extraordinarily blessed, and I have exactly everything I need. I try to not want for anything because if I truly needed it, somehow I would have it.

    Anybody ever read “The Tao of Pooh?” Maybe it sound corny but that book really changed my life about 15 years ago. I know it’s just sort of Taoism for dummies but I loved it.


  4. mnphenow says:

    Cheers! Absolutely. The “be here now” bit has been written about, either directly or indirectly, by countless folks. Some of my favorites include:

    The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
    Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig
    Lila by Robert Pirsig
    Tao to Ching by Lao Tzu
    the likes of Alan Watts


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