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

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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!

 

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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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26 Comments

  1. Jennifer Bay

    Thanks for sharing, something we should all remember.

    12 . Jan . 2016
  2. Alice Gerard

    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.
    alice

    12 . Jan . 2016
  3. Alana

    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.

    12 . Jan . 2016
  4. Elizabeth O.

    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.

    12 . Jan . 2016
  5. Jenn Peters

    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!

    12 . Jan . 2016
  6. Jennifer Dawn

    Great reminders! I love rules 4 and 6!

    12 . Jan . 2016
  7. tara pittman

    Live for this moment. I find that hard to do sometimes as I am always in the future

    12 . Jan . 2016
  8. Claudette

    I live very much and as far as possible in The Now.

    13 . Jan . 2016
  9. tiaras and tantrums

    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.

    13 . Jan . 2016
  10. Ana De- Jesus

    I agree I need to start living in the now and not worry about what tomorrow brings.

    13 . Jan . 2016
  11. Amber

    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

    13 . Jan . 2016
  12. Nicole Escat

    This is really important to remember, thanks for sharing us.

    13 . Jan . 2016
  13. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    I try to live in the now as much as possible! Good advice.

    13 . Jan . 2016
  14. Lexie Lane

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

    13 . Jan . 2016
  15. Mardene Carr

    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

    13 . Jan . 2016
  16. Jessica Cassidy

    Life is so short that we need to enjoy every moment with is with our loved-ones. I do not hold grudges. I let it go and move on. The past is buried and right now is what matters.

    13 . Jan . 2016
  17. AnnMarie Brown

    I totally agree that happiness is in the NOW! It is important to be present in the moment so you can enjoy everything happening.

    13 . Jan . 2016
  18. Rachel Mouton

    What great reminders! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    13 . Jan . 2016
  19. OurFamilyWorld

    You are right about living in the moment. Happiness is only now, so might as well enjoy it.

    13 . Jan . 2016
  20. Liz Mays

    I appreciate the past for what it’s taught me, but i definitely don’t live there!

    13 . Jan . 2016
  21. Tina @ My Highest Self

    I don’t generally dwell in the past or worry too much about the future. My sister has a bad habit of doing that, I’d love to see her get out of that habit.

    13 . Jan . 2016
  22. Patty

    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.

    13 . Jan . 2016
  23. Jonathan Key

    It’s so important not to feel sorry for yourself. Keep moving forward!

    14 . Jan . 2016
  24. Shaylee @ Data Nerds

    Wow. That’s really true! I never stopped to think about it but you’re right, you do only experience happiness NOW. Not in the future, not in the past. I’m working on being more present 🙂

    14 . Jan . 2016
  25. Marielle Altenor

    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.

    14 . Jan . 2016
  26. Shannon Gurnee

    Living in the now is definitely important. This is a great blog post.

    15 . Jan . 2016

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