Don’t worry, be happy

Easy for me to say.  I am on a beautiful island, where the only thing bluer than the sea is the sky and the only thing the flows more beautifully than the waterfalls is the Chardonnay.  Even in paradise though, diapers need to be changed and meltdowns need to be handled.  Even here, sitting poolside, pina colada in hand, I have to remind myself to enjoy the moment … to be happy.  I am not, by nature, a “happy” person but when I grow up, I want to be.  I love to have fun, I love to smile, I love enjoying life.  I also love to worry about the future, obsess over nothing and rage on the road.  I know only a few people who I think are truly happy and I am in awe of them and their smug little grins.  Most of us have to work on it.  I took a poll yesterday on the keys to happiness.  I was trying to narrow it down to five.  Love, health, friends, freedom and wine topped the list.  But the one that kept coming up was contentment.  If there was only one key, if I could only hide one in the fake rock outside the door to my happiness, it would be that. Acceptance, living in the moment, satisfaction, peace, etc. all boil down to being content.  I am a lover of quotes.  Today, I am going to share five with you that help me remember what is important.  I wish I wrote them but as I said, I am a glass half-empty kind of girl.  Speaking of which, where is the damn waitress???

1.  That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet. — Emily Dickinson
– this from a woman who rarely left her home … talk about content.

2. The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, divinely aware.  — Henry Miller
– I’ll drink to that!

3. We don’t stop laughing because we grow old — we grow old because we stop laughing. — Michael Pritchard
– Is there any feeling as wonderful as laughing?  Not a little chuckle, but the real kind that takes you by surprise and then
takes you over … the kind that starts in the most inopportune place, like a church pew and that ends with
hyperventilation and pain.  We all need more irreverent laughter, it is exercise for the soul.

4. If you laugh a lot, when you get older your wrinkles will be in the right places.  — Andrew Mason
– Back in medical school, I knew a woman who looked much younger than her age.  She told me it was because her
mother taught her to not smile with her eyes.  As far as mothering goes, I rank that right up there with “no more wire
hangers.”  Smile like you mean it, it is the easiest thing you can do to improve your looks.

5.  If you really want to be happy, nobody can stop you. — Sister Mary Tricky
– Happiness is a choice.  You can wake up and decide to be happy.  Happiness plays on a level field.  It is something that              everyone can be good at.

Yesterday, I took a yoga class on a deck overlooking the Caribbean.  The teacher was a true yogi … shaves her head but nothing else.  There she was, telling me to inhale and exhale in this strange accent, so apparently happy and present, armpit hair blowing in the wind. She has the key.  Now all she needs is a razor.

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