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
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.