“I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, he will not ask, ‘How many good things have you done in your life?’ rather he will ask, ‘How much love did you put into what you did?”—Mother Teresa (via eadrom)
They say whenever one door of happiness closes, another opens, and Helen Keller said that we are often too busy looking at the door that is closed to see the new one that is opened for us. I think life is often about actually turning your head around and watching where you’re going. You can’t move ahead while you’re craning your neck around to see what you just left. We usually remember moments of the past better than they were and we view the present as worse than it is. Luckily, for some of us, we see our present as a much better situation than some of them from our past, however, there are those of us who look back and seem to view events, people and opportunities as better than they were. We long to live in the past. We need to just move forward and stay focused and pay attention. I’m learning little things can bring happiness, and the little things keep us going. If I dwell in the negative, everything begins to look hopeless. If I concentrate on small things that make me smile, then my day is a bit brighter because of it. It’s a good day when you manage to not hit an animal while driving the back roads. It’s a good day when you can help someone. It’s a good day when you find a deal on an item you need and save a few dollars. It’s a good day when you wake up before your alarm and can remember what you dreamed about. Little things console us. I think the “doors to happiness” are doors leading to doors leading to doors. You keep going through doors. Happiness is what you feel along the journey, it should be the vehicle you ride in, not the destination you seek after. So, open the door that’s there in front of you and walk away from the closed one. Right “goodbye” on it and turn around and keep going.