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Tuesday, August 02, 2005
How I Manage to be Happy Most of the Time
We can all agree that existence can be pretty depressing at times. What with things that happen directly to us, things that happen in the world around us, and things that sit inside our head that haven't happened yet--but could--one could feel like drowning in misery most of the time.

But sometimes I'll be somewhere and this feeling of total well-being will envelop me, like a little gift from God. Like the other day I was driving into work on the first cool morning after a month long heat wave. It was just barely misty, and the air smelled so wonderful. I drove past this bright white board fence, set against which were the greenest of green trees, wet grass, and mist rising off a pond. It was so beautiful and peaceful, and I realized that my little corner of the world is still beautiful and peaceful, and that made me quite lucky. For that moment, everything was perfect. I went on to my crazy day at work and somehow that little bit of peace stayed with me for the rest of the day.

The trick is, I think, to be open to those moments. They are gifts. As a wise friend of mine once said, "it's a hard thing to realize that we aren't owed happiness." But as soon as you can realize that fact, the moments in which you are happy mean more; you start to look out for them instead of just expecting them to come to you.
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