Happiness is A “Clean Slate”… I let go of the day before…
* Heidegger said “We should never allow our fears or the expectations of others to set the frontiers of destiny.” Happiness is setting our own destiny.
* Sartre said, “Freedom is what you do with what’s been done to you,” Happiness is knowing it is not what happens to you but how you relate to it.
* Emerson said, “Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” Happiness is wiping the slate clean.
* Nietzsche said, “We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.” Happiness is kicking up your heels. It is dabbling in the art of our soul.
* Epicurus said, “Of all the means to insure happiness throughout the whole life, by far the most important is the acquisition of friends.” Happiness is honoring, valuing appreciating our friends.
* William James coined the term “will to believe” to refer to the way that we are able to choose our attitudes and beliefs –and in doing so, change our lives. “Be not afraid of life, believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.” Happiness is believing in the goodness of life.
1. At the end of the day, do I look over the events of the day, bless them in gratitude and release that day?
2. Do I realize my happiness expands by valuing and appreciating my friends?
3. Before day is done do I reflect on the goodness of life, the abundant cornucopia of gifts laid out for me?