Sunday, July 10, 2011

Living the good life with true happiness

If this world affords true happiness, it is to be found in a home where love and confidence increase with the years, where the necessities of life come without severe strain, where luxuries enter only after their cost has been carefully considered.  A. Edward Newton

Gosh, it seems as though Mr. Newton has taken a peek into my life with Allen even though he passed away in 1940.  I know this quote won't apply to all who read it today, but it holds so much meaning for me that I am compelled to share it with you.  I know there are young couples out in the world trying to make it together who need to know they hold true happiness in their hearts already.  They need to know that happiness isn't some elusive treasure that is just beyond their grasp.  True happiness is already inside each one of them, ready at a moment's notice.
I also know there are couples living separately together who basically go through the motions who aren't truly happy together, but don't know how to bring back the happiness into their marriage.  Happiness has always been there, but sometimes covered over with negatives.  Remember, the dominant thought wins.  Make your dominant thoughts happy thoughts.  Keep an attitude of gratitude.  Remember to praise your spouse in public and any negative thought you would have about each other should never leave your lips in public and should be carefully considered before speaking them at home.  Once hurtful words are spoken out loud, they can never be taken back.  Apologize when necessary.  As you point out each other's strengths, the weaknesses are lessened.  Strengthen each other, build each other up.  Smile more.
Allen and I are living happily ever after each and every day.  Allen talks on the phone a lot at work doing his business and sometimes when the customer asks Allen how he is, Allen says, "man, I'm just living the good life."
Even if you are not currently in a relationship, you, too, can live the good life.  True happiness is what God wants for you.  It's never too late to open up your heart and accept your own happiness.  It's there.  It never went away.  I want you to be happy, but more than that, God wants you to be happy.  So, today, simply be

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