“Let the good times be where you are!”

This was the message inside a birthday card I got when I was 13.  Cheesy, sure, but just the right thing to say to a teenager who, like most teenagers, was always worried about what others were doing and whether he was missing out.  It slowly sunk in over the years, resulting in a calmness and “centering” from which most good things tend to spring.  The “here”.

It strikes me that much unhappiness results from allowing the mind to be somewhere other than where you are.  You worry about what they’re saying about you (colleagues, customers, friends) or if there’s a happier, richer, sexier, greener-grass life for you somewhere else.

Even more unhappiness seems to result from allowing the mind to be someTIME other than WHEN you are, as opposed to the “now”.  You dwell on bad (or good) moments from years ago, or you worry that you’ll lose your job or never have enough to retire or never achieve your dreams.  “It isn’t the burdens of today that drive men made, but rather the regret over yesterday and the fear of tomorrow.” (Robert J. Hastings)

I don’t mean to oversimplify.  Certainly, if you’re being tortured, or if you’ve just been shot in the face with birdshot from a hunting rifle, you won’t be considering the present to be the gift that Master Oogway claims it is in Kung Fu Panda.

But, in general, if we can extricate our minds from other places and other times, we might be pleasantly surprised.

One Response to ““Let the good times be where you are!””

  1. W.C. Varones Says:

    You know it ain’t easy
    You got to hold on
    She was an unknown legend in her time
    Now shes dressin two kids
    Lookin for a magic kiss
    She gets the far-away look in her eyes.

    Somewhere on a desert highway
    She rides a Harley-Davidson
    Her long blond hair flyin in the wind
    Shes been runnin half her life
    The chrome and steel she rides
    Collidin with the very air she breathes

    I used to work in a diner
    If I only had a vaginer
    I’d be an unknown legend like this song.

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