“I don’t need a “reason” to be happy.
I don’t have to consult the future to know how happy I feel now.”
– Hugh Prather (Notes to Myself)
I was pretty depressed when I was fifteen. My caring teacher, Ron Springfield, told me to find something to look forward to when I woke up and to ride that hope throughout the day. It really did help me…until adulthood, when I decided that there was nothing to look forward to.
Now, when I wake up, I take Hugh Prather’s approach. I adore the moment and purposefully admire all of the miracles in it (in spite of challenges): my existence, the air, the light, the phenomena all around me, etc.
Then, I control my happiness.
It’s a function of what I think about.