Monday Motivation: Be happy now
Tere Zacher

I was at the track last Tuesday with a friend and she complimented the shorts I was wearing. She asked me if they were new and I replied "no, they were given to me 4 years ago but I like them so much I rarely wear them". We talked about how some times we "save" the things we like the most for later, for a special occasion, for a better time, when, in fact, we don't know if that time will arrive or if we will be here to enjoy it. All we have in NOW.

I have seen many people working towards achieving something, only to realize when they get it that it's not enough. We miss the point: it really is the journey what makes life worth, not the destination since the journey is in the now, the destination in the future.

I recently trained for a marathon. A fantastic cycle. i had many Sundays were I woke up before the sun came out and I went running several 20 milers with half or more of those miles at a grueling pace. I arrived to my marathon perfectly trained and in the middle of it I had an asthma attack. I ended up at the hospital instead of the finishing line (first time ever). Someone told me "wow, a full cycle wasted" and all I could think about was "Wasted? How?" I truly enjoyed each of those runs. I enjoyed them so much that I didn't even realized I was training for something. It was just fun to wake up and go out and run hard. Uncomfortable, yes, but fun. I am so thankful that I was so present in each one of those runs that I was not using them as a stepping tool towards a destination (the race) but instead as an experience of what I am capable of doing right now. Happiness is in the now. Only in the now. And happiness is a choice.

The Buddha said that suffering is not accepting what it is and instead wanting it to be different.

Many times we think "I will be happy when... When I get this  job, when I get a PR, when I have a bigger house/car/bank account, when I have a family, when I don't have a family..." Well, the reality is, you never get to when. The only way to find happiness is not out there. It is in here. And happiness is not next week. It is NOW.

Stop living in the past or in the future. Start living in the present moment. Enjoy it, savor it, take it, accept it. If you don't like it, do something to change it. If you can't change it, accept it.

I hope you have a great week!


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