Recently, I read an inspirational item from the internet.  You may have read it before on Facebook, in emails from friends or co-workers, Twitter, or others media resources, or maybe not at all, but I thought it made a really good point.

We have no control over a lot of things in life, but we can choose to be happy in spite of whatever life throws at us.  True joy comes from Jesus, of course, but happiness comes when we make a decision not to let outside influences determine whether we are happy or not.  This article pretty much says it all!

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~Dance Like No One’s Watching~

We convince ourselves that life will be better after we get married, have a baby, then another.  Then we are frustrated that the kids aren’t old enough and we’ll be more content when they are.

After that we’re frustrated that we have teenagers to deal with, we will certainly be happy when they are out of that stage.

We tell ourselves that our life will be complete when our spouse gets his or her act together, when we get a nicer car, are able to go on a nice vacation, when we retire. The truth is there’s no better time to be happy than right now.  If not now, when?

Your life will always be filled with challenges.  It’s best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy anyway.  One of my favorite quotes comes from Alfred D Souza.

He said, “For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin -real life.  But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin.  At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.”

This perspective has helped me to see that there is no way to happiness.  Happiness is the way, so, treasure every moment that you have.  And treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time…and remember that time waits for no one.

So stop waiting until you finish school, until you go back to school, until you lose ten pounds, until you gain ten pounds, until you have kids, until your kids leave the house, until you start work, until you retire, until you get married, until you get divorced, until Friday night, until Sunday morning, until you get a new car or home, until your car or home is paid off, until spring, until summer, until fall, until winter, until you are off welfare, until the first or fifteenth, until your song comes on, until you’ve had a drink, until you’ve sobered up, until you die, until you are born again to decide that there is no better time than right now to be happy…Happiness is a journey, not a destination.

So, Work like you don’t need money.  Love like you’ve never been hurt and Dance Like no one’s watching.

~Author Unknown~

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This author, although unknown to us, was very wise.  If you’ve been waiting till this thing or that happens for you, stop waiting!  Let’s get busy and dance!