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May 17, 2006

We convince ourselves that life will be better once we are married, have a baby, then another. Then we get frustrated because our children are not old enough and that all will be well when they are older. Then we are frustrated because they reach adolescence and we must deal with them. Surely we'll be happier when they grow out of the teen years. The truth is that there is no better time to be happy than right now. If not, then when? Your life will always be full of challenges. It is better to admit as much and to decide to be happy in spite of it all. That point of view helped me see that there isn't any road to happiness. Happiness IS the road. So enjoy every moment. Stop waiting for school to end, for a reurn to school, to lose ten pounds, to gain ten pounds, for work to begin, to get married, for Friday evening, for Sunday morning, waiting for a new car, for your mortgage to be paid off, for spring, for sumer, for autumn, for winter, for the first or the fifteenth of the month, for your song to be played on the radio, to die, to be reborn...before deciding to be happy.

Happiness is a voyage, not a destination.
There is no better time to be happy than...NOW!
Live and enjoy the moment.

Now, think and try to answer these qustions:
1. Name the five richest people in the world.
2. Name the last five Miss Universe winners.
3. Name the last ten Nobel Prize winners.
4. Name the last ten winners of the Best Actor Oscar.
Can't do it? Rather difficult, isn't it? Don't worry, nobody remembers that. Applause dies away! Trophies gather dust!

Now answer these questions:
1. Name three teachers who contributed to your education.
2. Name three friends who helped you in your hour of need.
3. Think of a few people who made you feel special.
4. Name five people that you like to spend time with.
More manageable? It's easier isn't it? The people who mean something to your life are not rated "the best", don't have the most money, haven't won the greatest prizes...They are the ones who care about you, take care of you, those who, no matter what, stay close by. Think about it. Life is very short!

Some time ago, at the Seattle Olympics, nine athletes, all mentally or physically challenged, were standing on the start line for the 100m race. The gun fired and the race began. Not everyone was running, but everyone wanted to participate and win. They ran in threes, a boy tripped and fell, did a few somersaults and started crying. The other eight heard him crying. They slowed down and looked behind them. They stopped and came back...All of them...A girl with Down's syndrome sat down next to him, hugged him and asked, 'Feeling better now?' Then, all nine walked shoulder to shoulder to the finish line. The whole crowd stood up and applauded and the applause lasted a very long time. People who witnessed this still talk about it. Why? Because deep down inside us, we all know that the most important thing in life is much more than winning for ourselves. The most important thing in this life is to help others to win. Even if that means slowing down and changing our own race. A cancle loses nothing if it is used to kight another one.
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The above article was in our weekly free newspaper and I thought I'd share it with you all.

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Posted: Wednesday May 17, 2006, 3:17 am
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