Happiness that the world cannot take away only flourishes in the secret garden of our souls. By tending to our inner garden and uproooting the weeds of external expectations, we can nurture our authentic happiness the way we would nurture something that's beautiful and alive. Happiness is a living emotion.
This is an excerpt from the book Simple Abundance a Day book of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach. Each day there is a small essay or inspirational message about life and how to live a more fulfilled and happy life. This was part of last night's passage and it really spoke to me. Happiness is something I need to find within me - If I can't be happy without any other factors, than I will never find happiness. Children should add joy to my life, not be the anchor that I base my happiness on. I know many people refer to money or travel or tangible objects as things that don't bring happiness, but I think I could look at children the same way. Hubby and I should be already living a happy life and the blessings of children would just add to it. Without children, I can still be happy and it isn't going to ruin my ability for future happiness.