Do You Want to be Happy?

<July 24/14> or do you want to be rich?

 

Do you want to be happy?

Or do you want to be a bigshot?

 

Do you want to be happy?

Or do you want to be in control?

 

Do you want to be happy?

Or do you want to be right?

 

Do you want to be happy?

Or do you want to be a drama queen?

 

Do you want to be happy?

Or do you want to be a princess?

 

Do you want to be happy?

Or do you want to be a victim?

 

Do you want to be happy?

Or do you want to be a martyr?

 

Do you want to be happy?

Or do you want to stay stuck in your old story complaining about how hurt you’ve been?

 

I suppose I could go on.

But life is short!

& there are no guarantees about how long I/we/you have.

(I’d rather be happy.)

Janet

p.s. lots of quotations about happiness here!

‘Quote of the day’ with this post: “It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, but it is not possible to find it elsewhere.” ~ Agnes Repplier

Runners-up:

“Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.” – Walt Whitman

“Here’s a test to find whether your mission in life is finished. If you’re alive, it isn’t!” – Richard Bach, author

“The world is too dangerous for anything but truth, and too small for anything but love.” – William Sloane Coffin

“Anything else you’re interested in is not going to happen if you can’t breathe the air and drink the water. Don’t sit this one out. Do something.” – Carl Sagan, astronomer (1934 – 1996)

“Power does not corrupt men; fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power.” – George Bernard Shaw

“You don’t see things as they are. You see things as you are.” – the Talmud

On nothing being what we thought: “The trick is to keep exploring and not bail out, even when we find out that something is not what we thought. That’s what we’re going to discover again and again and again. Nothing is what we thought. I can say that with great confidence. Emptiness is not what we thought. Neither is mindfulness or fear. Compassion – not what we thought. Love. Buddha nature. Courage. These are code words for things we don’t know in our minds, but any of us could experience them. These are words that point to what life really is when we let things fall apart and let ourselves be nailed to the present moment.” – Pema Chödrön in the chapter ‘Intimacy with Fear’ in When Things Fall Apart – Heart Advice for Difficult Times (1997)