Monday, July 15, 2013

Happiness

Happiness

An anonymous friar in a monastery once wrote these words: "If I had my life to live over again, I'd try to make more mistakes next time.

I would relax, I would limber up, I would be sillier than I have been this trip. I know of very few things I would take seriously.

I would take more trips. I would be crazier.

I would climb more mountains, swim more rivers and watch more sunsets.

I would do more walking and looking.

I would eat more ice cream and less beans.

I would have more actual troubles and fewer imaginary ones.

You see, I'm one of the people who lives life prophylactically and sensibly hour after hour, day after day.

Oh, I've had my moments, and if I had to do it over again, I'd have more of them.

In fact, I'd try to have nothing else, just moments, one after another, instead of living so many years ahead each day.

I've been one of those people who never go anywhere without a thermometer, a hot-water bottle, a gargle, a raincoat, aspirin, and a parachute.

If I had it to do over again, I would go places, do things, and travel lighter than I have.

If I had my life to live over again I would start barefooted earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall.

I would play hockey more.

I wouldn't make such good grades, except by accident.

I would ride more merry-go-rounds.

I'd pick more daisies."

    — Pastor's Professional Research Service, "Happiness."
      Cited by David Leininger, "Ask the Average Person."

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