“True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.” ~ Seneca ~
In order to find peace and happiness, sometimes you have to quiet your mind.
I walked outside and looked up into the trees.
Gray blue sky.
Peeling bark on the tree trunks.
A muddy bird’s nest.
New green leaves splattered with sunshine.
A bird tweeting.
In the distance, a barking dog.
Then it became quiet.
I am alive, healthy and able to enjoy this moment.
Slowly I released all thoughts from my mind and all fear, doubt and stress from my body.
My heart beat quietly as my breathing relaxed.
This moment I am whole.
I am a survivor.
I only needed to do one thing right now.
I stood very still, closed my eyes, and listened to true happiness.