Happiness Is…

Can I be happy enduring an overload of gray skies, buckets of rain and squishy sod?

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude” Shelley Riutta

You mean, life can be good even though I’ve yet to take that Caribbean cruise?

If I decide to book that, my clothes/accessories won’t sport the coveted labels. Will that spoil my fun?

My savings account isn’t growing very fast. Worrying doesn’t seem to help. Does that mean I am a failure?

And it is such an aggravation that chocolate malts don’t taste like they used to. In frustration I have tossed half full cups of mediocre ones.

Taking a bait and switch approach helps a heap. During the rainy days I have read some intriguing novels, letting myself indulge in fiction.

It has been said that the most pleasure from a vacation comes from the planning and anticipation rather than the destination itself. Some truth in that.

What fun I’ve had on infrequent shopping trips (I’d rather be reading) finding a ‘perfect’ dress or blouse or pair of shoes at a pittance.

Might be a good habit to put $$ saved into that account, but they go for gas in my search of the best chocolate ice cream.

The greatest contentment, though, has come from the company of kindred spirits as I strive to become a genuine soul whose company is worth having. Life is too unpredictable to base happiness on what we have or where we go. Better to bank on becoming one who can weather the storms with hope and appreciation for those silver linings others help us see. Enjoying now on our journey to become more rather than to acquire more may be a major key to happiness.

About Teresa Pearson Lee

Retired after 33 years of teaching English and French (one year in private school in Memphis, TN and the rest in public school in Doniphan, MO. Enjoying new adventures - all those things I put off for lack of time, energy, now I can try them! Pottery, writing, traveling, camping, kayaking, dancing, listening to some of the best live music ever, and making lively new friendships. All christened with an appreciation for great red wine! Created and operated KC's on the Current, then sold it and managed it for new owners. You might still find me at the reservation desk when spring rolls around. Born and raised in St. Louis, MO near The Hill. Though a transplant to Southeast Missouri, still a city gal at the core with a deep love of the natural resources in these Ozark foothills. Currently I am a content coordinator for Poplar Bluff Living Magazine and a columnist/stringer for the local weekly The Prospect News. My rescue Siamese helps with most of the proofreading; he has a great ear. I relish the solitude easily had in the Mark Twain Forest but thoroughly enjoy lively outings for music, wine, conversation close to home or in my beloved hometown. Technology is my greatest challenge but so worth the shared connections. There may be a need for solitude but there is little loneliness. The material in this blog written by Teresa Lee is her property and cannot be used without express written consent to do so.
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