Day 2, with a 2-day interruption. Kind of how I’ve been doing things lately. I was challenged by LG of Gobblefunk Words to participate in the 3 Quote Challenge, so here I am.
“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” Marcus Aurelius
Marcus really hit the mark with this quote, but it’s something I believe we forget far too often. We spend time dwelling on misfortunes, slights – real or imagined – things that didn’t go the way we wished – and we blame it on timing, something someone else did, lack of luck, so many things. One of the sayings I dislike the most is “if I didn’t have bad luck, I wouldn’t have any at all”. Oh my! “If only my parents had taught me. . .” “If I had been given a chance. . .”
It has taken me a number of years to finally begin to learn to accept and appreciate what I have, to view many past experiences in my life as a learning process, to know that for those things that didn’t go the way I wanted I have gained something. Not to say I have learned the lesson perfectly – far from it. I am human, I am imperfect, but I’m also more content now than I have ever been, more able to see the positive, more able to think in a positive manner.
However – having said all of this, as we make our way into winter and the snow begins to fall and the cold sets in – I still reserve the right to complain about that winter, to be unhappy about that winter, to wish it would be a much shorter season. I also reserve the right to be unhappy about housework, yard work, other things I really don’t want to do. That unhappiness will be, I acknowledge, in my way of thinking.
This is where I’m supposed to nominate three other people to participate in the 3 Quote Challenge, something I am so very poor at doing. So compromise, between me and the rules – I will nominate one other person, and if you are not that person but wish to participate, please do! Today I nominate Suzicate, because she so often shares wise words and perfect quotes.
I wish for each of you, enough. Happy thinking. Good days. A wonderful Thanksgiving, for those of you who celebrate it.