I have a collection of words and thoughts that I like to refer to time to time to remind myself of certain things about life that I tend to forget and instead of keeping them to myself I thought I will start regularly sharing them here, why? 1) hopefully you’ll take away something from one of them 2) I don’t loose them if something happens to my journal 3) perhaps posting these regularly will help us start to breathe some life back into the blog 4) hopefully you’ll share some words/thoughts that strike you as well in the comments function.

“For a long time it seemed to me that life was about to begin – real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time to still be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life. This perspective has helped me to see that there is no way to happiness. 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 and remember that time waits for no one.

So stop waiting; until you finish school, until you go back to school, until you lose ten pounds, until you gain ten pounds, until you have kids, until your kids leave the house, until you start work, until you retire, until you get married, until you get divorced, until Friday night, until Sunday morning, until you get a new car or home, until your car or home is paid off, until spring, until summer, until fall, until winter, until you are off welfare, until the first or fifteenth, until your song comes on, until you’ve had a drink, until you’ve sobered up, until you die, until you are born again to decide that there is no better time than right now to be happy. Happiness is a journey, not a destination.” – Alfred D’Souza

One thing I’m glad I did and didn’t wait to do even though it made no economic sense at all, was to climb Kilimanjaro. Something my sister and I dreamed about since we were young. And we climbed it as a family. I’m good at rewarding myself with big ticket items that I have always wanted to do, but I need to get better at living life each day.

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