Happiness Is Like a Butterfly

Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. Author unknown, printed in “The Literary American,” 1848. (Credit- Quote Investigator)

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I have difficulty finding a favorite quote to share because I have many.  I store bits wisdom from a variety of person’s.  First and foremost I often quote my parents and grandparents, especially to my younger generation.  Through the years I’ve memorized quotes from the Bible and preachers; from educators and authors – even quotes from “the mouth of babes.”  They are put away in random places in my mind, but they are usually available when I need them. Even when I don’t know I need them, there they are –front and center. I often sprinkle them among the words in my writings to endorse a thought or a statement of my own.   This particular quote I got from my daughter many years ago, as she explained the tattoo on her hip, but that’s a story for another day.

The quest for happiness seems a constant goal for the human race since the beginning of time.  I think people don’t see that happiness is not something that can be measured by the pound or the yard and it means different things to different people.  It’s more a state of being. I have seen people strive for one goal or another, thinking that it would lead to happiness only to be sorely disappointed. “I thought, once I didn’t have to worry about money … or when I lose weight… or once I was married or finished my education…”  It’s sad that along the way they missed or rushed by those moments that made them happy.  

All those goals and dreams are worth the effort, but we must remember to keep our eyes, ears and above all our hearts opened to the showers of blessings that fall upon us.  An old friend left me with a thought that I always remember, a simple truth, a quote I’ve used often – a lesson learned.  “Enjoy each great moment as it comes, you don’t know when the opportunity will come again.” 

I leave you with this when you think happiness is out of reach, sit for a moment in the quietness of gratitude and fill your heart with the moments you have lived.  A smile from a stranger, a hug from a friend, the wonders around you like a butterfly on your shoulder; those memories will give you strength to continue your journey until you reach your destination. 

Day Five: Hook ’Em With a Quote’    #everydayinspiration

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