Happy is he who forgets (ignores?) what cannot be changed. —- Mark Twain
Have you noticed that most of things that we complain about in our lives cannot be changed just by our sheer will? Our incessant stream of worries cannot influence these things. Have you also noticed that we seldom discuss with others what makes us happy? Why? Happiness resides within us but we tend to seek out our happiness in terms of possessions. Why do we worry about the population of the world? Or the next epidemic that may wipe human race?Or the upcoming hurricane season? All of these things are beyond our capacity to change.
The perfection of wisdom, and the end of true philosophy is to proportion our wants to our possessions, our ambitions to our capacities, we will then be a happy and a virtuous people. —- Mark Twain
Don’t most of our financial woes come from our desire to spend beyond our means to repay what we borrow? When we spread our legs beyond the reach of our blanket, we’re prone to harsh treatment from nature. If we learn to possess only what life demands, if we learn to dream only what we can achieve with the capability and resources at our disposal —- we can find true, inner happiness. Our worries and problems that we’d rather not discuss with others come from our insane desire to dream without any regards to either our financial or physical means to achieve these dreams.
Happiness is a Swedish sunset–it is there for all, but most of us look the other way and lose it.
—- Mark Twain