Tuesday, February 26, 2013


Happiness is a butterfly, which, when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight  upon you.

-- Nathaniel Hawthorne

I came across this quote and it got me thinking.  As a go-getter, I'm tempted to dismiss it as pretty imagery.  I don't wait for things to happen to me, usually.  At the very least, I take whatever steps I can at the time to get the things I want, even if I know that the filling a particular ambition may be years away.  But I think this quote is true in at least one sense: to realize how much we already have often means being still.  It means pausing to be grateful.

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