Part of our mind is constantly evaluating our experiences, comparing them with other experiences or holding them up against expectations and standards that we create, often out of fear. Fear that I’m not good enough, that bad things will happen, that good things won’t last, that other people might hurt me, that I won’t get my way… This habit of ignoring present moments in favor of others yet to come leads directly to a pervasive lack of awareness of the web of life in which we are embedded… If your mind isn’t clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.
(Jon Kabat-Zinn, 1944 - )
Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes real happiness. It is not obtained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
(Helen Keller, 1880 – 1968