For Tuesday, March 12, 2019:
Happiness is permanent. It is always there. What comes and goes is unhappiness. If you identify with what comes and goes, you will be unhappy. If you identify with what is permanent and always there, you are happiness itself.
Poonjaji (h/t BJ)
For Tuesday, January 8, 2019:
If you are to have great happiness, you must make up your mind that you are not going to shrink from risks …
Theodore Roosevelt, from a speech in 1911 (h/t RAB)
For Tuesday, August 28, 2018:
… Yes, for me the drama of a storm in nature, the drama of sorrow in life, is the best… Oh, there must be a little bit of air, a little bit of happiness, but chiefly to let the form be felt, to make the lines of the silhouette speak. But let the whole be sombre.
Vincent van Gogh, EVER YOURS: THE ESSENTIAL LETTERS
For Friday, April 6, 2018:
If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once a week, for perhaps the parts of my brain now atrophied would thus have been kept active through use. The loss of these tastes is a loss of happiness, and may possibly be injurious to the intellect, and more probably the moral character, by enfeebling the emotional part of our nature.
Charles Darwin (h/t to JB via YD)
For January 31, 2018 (with apologies for being a day late):
A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness.
Albert Einstein (found in AARP Bulletin, January-February 2018)
For Wednesday, December 9, 2015:
“Happiness is … sitting quietly and writing in a notebook.”
via The Writer’s Circle
What I would give to be able to sit quietly and write again in an actual notebook! It’s been so long, I actually remember when it was: the summer of 2010, when I was drafting a possible novel by hand. Somehow or other, the universe cooperated and I managed to get in a good week or so, and it was pure bliss. Not the writing itself necessarily (though some wasn’t bad), but the time and the process.
I wish I could shut out all noises and distractions, like some people seem to be able to do. Over the years, I’ve gotten much better at writing some things, like this post, while the TV is on at a reasonable volume – and a good thing, too, since the television is on here almost all the time. But people in conversation with others or themselves, dogs barking, loud volumes of anything, lots of activity, goings in and out … I just get too frazzled to quiet my mind enough to write.
If you have any opportunity to sit quietly, please take advantage of it! Even if you don’t write a thing. If you can both sit and write, think of me and send me your good vibes. Maybe a few good words will come my way.