Today's quote from my 2009 Wisdom of the East
If you are not happy here and now, you never will be.
How many times do you hear somebody say, "I'd be happier only if...." (You fill in the blank.) The problem is, once they get or experience whatever that "if" is, they're not happy. They are immediately looking for that next "if".
What if you were happy now? It means you have everything that you ever need to make you happy. (Notice I didn't say "want".) There is no "if" to quantify your happiness.
I know there'll be someone out there who will want to play "what if" and they'll pull out that old country record where you lose your wife, your house, your truck, and your dog. "There!" they'll say. "You've lost everything! You can't be happy!"
Whoever said that material things are required to make you happy? No, being happy means you have everything that you need!
"You need a house/wife/truck/dog to be happy!"
There are lots of people in this world who have absolutely nothing and yet are happy.
"They can't be happy. There's got to be a secret!"
There is. Are you ready for it?
The only thing you need is you. You are the one in total in control of your happiness. That's it.