With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come. – William Shakespeare
Happiness cannot be purchased. Joy springs from the spontaneous interactions with the present. Pale echoes of nostalgia lay back in the past; abstract fantasy apparitions float off in the future. Being happily active in creation sprouts well-being into the heart like seeds bursting through the ground. Living close to nature brings a sparkle to the eyes, laughter to the spirit and mellow ripeness to the mind.
Family unites the past, the present and the future. Families come in all manner of configurations nowadays. And simply put love should unite them all. With Father’s Day approaching my thoughts are filled with joyous thoughts of my three kids. I cannot stop my thoughts from drifting back to the golden days we spent together as they were growing up. Our world was small in size but infinite in space. The happy times we had far outweighed the occasional troubles. All families have difficulties but laughter will allow the heart to soar over those rough patches. If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance. – George Bernard Shaw
Love is the flower you’ve got to let grow. – John Lennon When you love someone you must love the real person and not some idealized personality. The joy of being near the ones we love makes our lives thrive with timeless blossoms of joyous memory. As a father I accepted and encouraged the emergence of my kids’ nature. Their individual experiences, and our experiences together created a worldview unique to their spirits. The celebrations and the losses shaped portions of our character, but do not decree over who we can be. Our love spreads potentiality like morning dew.
Who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and lived or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed? – Hunter S. Thompson. Love simply and with all your heart. Life offers both thorns and sweetness. Moment by moment, life unfolds. If our lives our lived not only for ourselves but for others as well, age will not matter. By loving others, our hearts will bear the treasured fruit of the Joyous Now.