“Happiness is possible only when you stop running and cherish the present moment and who you are. Who you are is already a wonder; you don’t need to be someone else. You are a wonder of life.” -Thich Nhat Hanh
Happiness just seems so elusive anymore. There are so many troubles we deal with on a daily basis. Our biggest flaw is looking for happiness outside ourselves. True happiness cannot be bought. It is not found in a car or a doughnut. Happiness isn’t found on the bottom of a bag of potato crisps or in a book. True happiness, as Thich Nhat Hanh says, is in the act of cherishing.
All we have is this moment; all we have is the period at the end of this sentence. Time is a commodity in today’s world: falsely so. The awareness of the present moment is worth more than anyone can pay. You are worth more than anyone can pay. No one has existed in the history of the world like you exist now. You are a wonder, as Thich Nhat Hanh says. You are something grand simply because you are who you are. You are worthy simply because you are alive.
Happiness and your true self cannot be caught by pursuit. They are butterflies. Once you stop chasing and start cherishing this current, fleeting and precious moment, they will settle on your shoulder.