Happiness On Hold

by Crystal Boyd 1998

We convince ourselves that life will be better
After we get married
Have a baby
Then another
Then we are frustrated
That the kids aren’t old enough
And we’ll be more content when they are grown.
After that, we’re frustrated
That we have teenagers to deal with
We will certainly be happy
When they are out of that stage.

We tell ourselves that our life will be complete
When our spouse gets his or her act together
When we get a nicer car
Are we able to go on a nice vacation
Or when we retire.

The truth is, there’s no better time to be happy than right now
If not now, when?
Your life will always be filled with challenges
It’s best to admit this to yourself
And decide to be happy anyway.

Happiness is the way.
So, treasure every moment that you have
And treasure it more because
You shared it with someone special
Special enough to spend your time with
And remember that time waits for no one.

So, stop waiting until your car
Or home is paid off
Until you get a new car or home
Until your kids leave the house
Until you go back to school
Until you finish school
Until you lose 10 lbs
Until you gain 10 lbs.
Until you get married
Until you get a divorce
Until you have kids
Until you retire
Until summer
Until spring
Until winter
Until fall
Until you die.

There is no better time than right now to be happy
Happiness is a journey, not a destination
So work like you don’t need money
Love like you’ve never been hurt
And dance like no one’s watching.


I originally posted this article on February 6/2000 on my old site


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