Rules of Happiness #7 – Happiness Is Only Ever Now – January 12 Devotions

Brrrr!! After spring-like weather (50s and 60s in December and January, in Maine!) here in this weird winter influenced by El Nino, which led to a very warm NOT white Christmas, “old man winter” appears to have arrived. Today it’s 28 degrees, “feeling like” 18, and a winter storm warning is in effect. I am very thankful and happy that oil prices have dropped, allowing us to more easily afford heating oil, and enjoy a nice WARM home!

 

rules-happiness

 

So far we have covered six of Karl Moore’s Rules of Happiness:

 

In case you have missed any, here they are:

Rule #1: Stop Feeling Sorry for Yourself.

Rule #2: Be Grateful

Rule #3: Say Yes More

Rule # 4: Follow Your Bliss

Rule #5: Learn to Let Go

Rule #6: Do Random Acts of Kindness

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Now here’s Monday’s rule of happiness

 

Rule #7 – Happiness Is Only Ever Now

 

“We spend so much time waiting to be happy in the future, or worrying about the past, that we forget to live in the moment.

 

But here’s the thing: Life is transient. The past has gone. The future is just a dream.

 

The only time that truly exists ever is RIGHT NOW.

 

RIGHT NOW is the ONLY time you can do or change ANYTHING in your life.

 

And NOW is the only time you have.”

 

“Few of us ever live in the present,

we are forever anticipating what is to come

or remembering what has gone.”

– Louis L’Armor

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My reflections:

This one is thought-provoking. We do so often get stuck in the rut of bemoaning our past (which we can’t do anything about) or worrying about the future (which we can’t directly do anything about) and forget to live in the HERE and NOW.

Yet, how we live NOW and the choices we make NOW can influence the future. So why not learn from our mistakes, dwell on the positive, and count our blessings NOW to set the foundation for a happier future?

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

 

Do you catch yourself dwelling in the past or fearing the future, instead of enjoying the present and focusing on the good things in your life?

 

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This Post Has 26 Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing, something we should all remember.

  2. Yes, you’re right. The present moment is the moment that counts. At the present moment, I just finished reading your devotion, and I am looking outside at the snow on the roof. It is pretty, bright, and white. It is a delight to see that. I really appreciate your rules of happiness. Thank you.
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  3. Sometimes, I do fear the future. When I look back in time at my mother in law (I’ve known her for 45 years, almost half her life)”then” and “now”, I see coming attractions for me and my husband. As Bette Davis said “Old age ain’t no place for sissies.”. But it also teaches me we must live in the present and, as you point out, count our blessings. So today, I was grateful I was able to get out of work early, and was home when a phone call I did not expect came. And, I was able to see the snow from the comfort of my living room.
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  4. I love this! Living in the now is definitely important especially when you’re too stressed about life in general. Thanks for the reminder! This one is something I tend to forget.

  5. Never thought of it before, but it’s so true. Happiness is now in the present. Sure I can make plans for our future, but really the happiness comes now in this moment. Thank you for the lesson!
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  6. well, my brother and I were just chatting about this very topic this afternoon. he works around some very negative people and it is starting to bring him down. We had a pep talk to not let the Debbie Downers bring him down.

  7. I probably dwell on both the past and the future. I worry about what the future holds and sometimes I reminisce too much. It takes a lot of reminding for me to focus on the here and now
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  8. I try to live in the now as much as possible! Good advice.

  9. I agree, we should start living or follow the wave of the river and less thinking about the future.

  10. Sorry to hear about the weather there…not to rub it in but I am reporting from FL….You are so right…too many persons are waiting to be happy instead of seizing the moment and just take that decision to be just happy regardless of the circumstances
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  11. I don’t worry about the past. But what you do now can most certainly impact your future. If you spend all of your money doing something that makes you very happy today and leave yourself with nothing for tomorrow you are screwed so you can’t just live for today. Unless you know for a fact that you have no tomorrow.
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  12. I did that a lot when I was in my 20s. Always waiting for that “happiness”. Then one day I went and look forward and got it.
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