Now and then its good to pause

Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.comwas under name of Guilaume Apollinaire, per RB “The following are, word-for-word, original items I wrote for National Enquirer in 1984. They are today attributed to other writers, but I should like, if I may, to ‘borrow’ them back. April 2010

Happiness is always a by product it probably

Happiness is always a by-product.  It is probably a matter of temperament, and for anything I know it may be glandular.  But it is not something that can be demanded from life, and if you are not happy you had better stop worrying about it and see what treasures you can pluck from your own brand of unhappiness.  ~Robertson Davies

We cannot be happy if we expect

We cannot be happy if we expect to live all the time at the highest peak of intensity.  Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony.  ~Thomas Merton, 1955No Man is an Island by Thomas Merton, ch7: Being and Doing, p127;

If you observe a really happy man

If you observe a really happy man you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son, growing double dahlias in his garden, or looking for dinosaur eggs in the Gobi desert.  He will not be searching for happiness as if it were a collar button that has rolled under the radiator.  He will not be striving for it as a goal in itself.  He will have become aware that he is happy in the course of living life twenty-four crowded hours of the day.  ~W. Beran Wolfe

Often people attempt to live their lives

Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier.  The way it actually works is the reverse.  You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.  ~Margaret Young

This is my 34depressed stance34 when youre

This is my "depressed stance."  When you’re depressed, it makes a lot of difference how you stand.  The worst thing you can do is straighten up and hold your head high because then you’ll start to feel better.  If you’re going to get any joy out of being depressed, you’ve got to stand like this.  ~Charles M. Schulz