I know I’m not the most timely with this, and I don’t do it every week like I intend. But I honestly feel that even if I don’t have time to blog about it, it’s the mindset of thankfulness and the change it can bring about in the world that is important. What’s fun is to share it online when I can. With that said, I found a quote that inspired me this week and made me thankful for a spirit of hope.
“Know your own happiness. Want for nothing but patience-or give it a more fascinating name. Call it hope.”-Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility
This appeals to me at this time in my life because I thought that switching jobs would make me happier. Instead, it is the same thing, but for a different company for more hours with the same pay, and in an industry I dislike even more than the last one. But this quote empowers me to take the reins, to know my own happiness. To know people, you have to meet them, introduce yourself, spend time learning about them. Soon they are your friends and you know them. At the very least we should be this familiar, if not downright intimate with our own happiness. We should approach it and bring it into our lives. And with this done, the only thing we will want is more of it. That striving and pulling impatiently toward it, that hope of more. This reminds me not to give up, even when the weight of things feels so heavy, and the climb to the top of the ditch seems way to far. When someone is worth it, we put the effort in to stand by them no matter what. And when our happiness is worth it, we should do the same.
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