The Happy Times

Almost everyone can look back in his experience and recall what, to him, were happy times. These recollections help to happify the present too. But if the memory of past joys tends to consistently upstage one's present contentment, one might well ask himself, "Am I progressing spiritually, or are my backward glances immobilizing my forward thrust?"

Ideally, one should think of each day as the happiest day of his life. Why? Because nothing can compare to present joy, present opportunity, even the possible growth obtainable from present challenges. Should anyone trade these for an album-oriented existence or dream-castling? Many a precious hour has been shorn of its potential by mental drifting. If we think we have known better times, we can spiritually and scientifically assess the present. Are we not this day in a better position to benefit from experience and to express more wisdom than we were in the past? With the advantage of this fact we can progress more intelligently and lean less on outward conditions for our good.

Sharing Is Happiness
December 21, 1974

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