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Joy is Where You Find It

February 4, 2004

“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon—instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.” ~ Dale Carnegie

Joy is where you find it, and someday never comes. You can dream about living in a mansion, but you can also take time to appreciate your cozy little home. You can dream about getting a better job, even work towards it, but at the moment you’re stuck where you are, so you might as well look for some enjoyment there. Maybe you dream about being a famous singer, but you can also enjoy singing in the church choir. Maybe you dream of writing the next bestseller, but you can also enjoy writing in a journal.

The problem is, we are so attuned to “I want.” Much more attuned to “I want” than “I already have.” Everything is, “Next year I when I have…” “Someday I want to…” But we need to stop and think about what we can do right now with what we already have. The “someday” things are nice, but that is the way to true contentment.

Somebody once said, “Wherever you are, be there.”

That kind of sums it up!