Monday, June 25, 2012

I can't make someone happy

I can't, because, just like Abraham Lincoln (not the vampire hunter) once said, "Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be."

I can't because, just like (probably) Ben Franklin once said, "The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness.  You have to catch it yourself."

I can't because, just like Doystoevsky once said, "Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys.  If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it."

I can't because, just like Euripides once said, "No one is happy all his life long."

I can't because, just like Ben Franklin once said, "Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. There is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of filling a vacuum, it makes one."

I can't because, just like someone once said, "Being happy doesn't mean everything is perfect. It means you have decided to look beyond the imperfections."

I'm so far from perfect.  You can see most of my flaws just by looking at me.  If you know me a little better, you will see more of my flaws.  If you are my father, you can see every single one of my flaws.  I'm sorry, I'm so far from perfect.

390.  Every day is a new day with endless possibilities
391.  I am more than my mistakes
392.  I am lovable, just the way I am
393.  Sometimes intentions matter more than actions
394.  I have a perfect father who loves me, completely, in heaven
395.  I know the right words for every conversation.  All I have to do is use them ("You could be right.")  

15 comments:

  1. Wonderful quotes to ponder, friend!!

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  2. It's hard to make everyone happy, but ones parents in particular.  

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  3. It sounds like--based upon the quotes--if you can make YOURSELF happy, you're ahead of the game. 

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  4. yes happiness is fleeting but joy is deep

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  5. if we live our lives trying to make other people happy...we will surely live a very unhappy life. ~Brian Miller

    doesnt he have a way with words? smiles....haha

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  6. Totally 'nuff said . . ."Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be."

    Thanks for the reminder today. I can only change me.

    http://www.positivelyalene.com/

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  7. Do we ever get over that compulsion to try to please our parents?  Well, I'm still working on that one.

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  8. Elizabeth StewartJune 25, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    It's really hard when there's someone in your life you just can't please.  So, so thankful we are perfectly loved by God, and that He says we're accepted and beloved. 

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  9. Elizabeth StewartJune 25, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    I'm back!  Why have I never noticed the 100 things about you tab before?  I LOVED reading all about you.  I'm a huge fan of the Mitford series too and have read it over and over.

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  10. these are great quotes.  Trying to make/keep others happy is a futile task.  Happiness is a choice, b/c circumstances will always change.  Thanks for sharing these!

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  11.  Yep, I'm thinking the arguing and whatnot energizes him.  Maybe, at 83, this makes him feel ALIVE!

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  12.  Good luck.  My dad is 83 and I haven't found the way to do it.

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  13.  Haha, glad you took the moment to peruse. 

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