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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

a short guide to a happy life


I just finished reading A Short Guide to a Happy Life by Anna Quindlen.  It took all of about fifteen minutes to read its 50 short pages (there's lots of pictures and minimal text.  Quindlen summarized my philosophy on life right now better than I would be able to do.  Stated simply: life is meant to be lived and all of its little moments and details are meant to be enjoyed. 

Here's my favorite section.  I thought it was so good that it was worth sharing in its entirety.  
C'mon, let's be honest.  We have an embarassment of riches.  Life is good.

I don't mean in any cosmic way.  I never think of my life, or my world, in any big cosmic way.  I think of it in all its small component parts: the snowdrops, the daffodils; the feeling of one of my kids sitting close beside me on the couch; the way my husband looks when he reads with the lamp behind him; fettucine Alfredo; fudge; Gone with the WindPride and Prejudice.  Life is made up of moments, small pieces of glittering mica in a long stretch of grey cement.  It would be wonderful if they came to us unsummonded, but particularly in lives as busy as the ones most of us lead now, that won't happen.  We have to teach ourselves how to make room for them, to love them, and to live, really live.
What special moments make your life what it is? 

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