I had to write something for someone else’s blog. The final question is, “What is your favorite quote?” Easy Peasey–mine has been the same since I was a girl; which was the first time I heard it.
“The greatest measure of success is joy.”
I don’t know who said it; just know I love it. When I’m living mindfully, I remember it. And other times it takes a little poke the bear to remind me. Like someone asking about my favorite quote. It’s easy to lose it in the shuffle of work and worry and grocery shopping and appointments and no sleep.
Since it came up, the brain swirls around how often we remember to strive for happiness, outright joy, and take it when it comes instead of pushing it to the side for later: when we have time, when we’re on vacation, when whatever. Or hoarding it like the fine china and the good napkins.
It brought me to search for other thoughts about joy and happiness. I found a few…
“The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.” –Richard Bach
“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” –Buddha
“Happiness held is the seed. Happiness shared is the flower.” –John Harrigan
“Happiness is like those palaces in fairy tales whose gates are guarded by dragons: We must fight in order to conquer it.” –Alexandre Dumas
“Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.” –John Barrymore
“All who joy would win must share it. Happiness was born a twin.” –Lord Byron
In measuring your success today, or any day, pour a cup of joy to overflowing. You won’t need sugar. XO Dolls.