Happiness is in the unexpected

Walt Whitman once said “Happiness... not in another place but this place, not for another hour but this hour.” This advice should not only apply to spectacular events that are scheduled or precisely planned but also the unexpected ones that are more often the ones remembered because they are just that, unplanned.

An amazing sunset – the kind an artist tries to capture – that takes your breath away, a child with that wide-eyed innocent look, the light sweet kiss of the older couple still feeling the love from years past, the opening of a Champagne bottle that makes you giggle.

All these small surprises make the heart feel lighter and the day a little brighter. So often the day gets busy with a list of things to get accomplished, places to be, appointments to keep and too often we pass up the moments that mean the most. And, unfortunately, once they are passed we cannot get them back. 

We cannot stop the clock from ticking, we cannot stop the child from growing and we cannot prevent our health from fading, but we can stop, step back and truly appreciate what is before us at that moment. The real sweetness of life is the unexpected and it is the medicine that helps us get through tough times.

“Happiness... not in another place but this place, not for another hour but this hour.” Don’t wait.

Robin Munoz lives in Bay Village.

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Volume 2, Issue 22, Posted 7:42 AM, 10.11.2010