Monday, March 29th, 2004 • No Comments on Philosophy 101
It is a wonderful thing to live fully in the moment and enjoy life without always waiting for the other shoe to drop. It’s a philosophy I try to live by, but sometimes I forget and begin to obsess over that which I have no control. I let myself worry so much about the future and what will happen, or even what might happen, that I forget to live in the present and enjoy what is happening. As time passes and my worst fears don’t come true, I realize I’ve missed out on some good moments in my life because I was too preoccupied with worrying about something happening down the road. Even when the bad things do
happen (and the bad things I expect to happen rarely do, it is more often the bad things I never could have predicted that flatten me), there is little to gain by dwelling on the inevitable and missing out on the here and now.
What is it about human nature that makes us feel guilty about being happy? As if the rug will be snatched from under us if we laugh out loud or revel in our joy. Very little that is good and amazing about life happens according to some predetermined plan. It’s the unexpected things, the rare and wonderous moments, that make life worth living. Sometimes in the midst of all that happiness, something awful happens; but like the good, the bad is rarely predictable and should not be given the power to paralyze us. More importantly, the bad cannot diminish the good unless we let it.
This a rambling without a point. Just a reminder to myself to live life and be happy. The rest will take care of itself.