Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Choosing Happiness

A customer sat staring sul­lenly into his drink. "Something wrong?" asked the bar­tender.

"Well, two months ago," the young man replied, "my grandfather died and left me $85,000 in oil stock."

"That doesn't sound like something to get upset about," said the bartender.

"But last month, my uncle passed away," the young man continued. "He left me $150,000."

"So why are you sitting there so unhappy?"

"Well, this month so far, not a cent!"

Perhaps he had not read Horace's words about how to be happy:

Happy is the man and happy is he alone, 
He who can call today his own. 
He who is secure within can say, 
'Tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today.'
ay is all we
have, really. Now is the best time to choose happiness.

-- Steve Goodier

Image: Merrill

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