- Dr. Colleen M. Fairbanks
Time and happiness
When time is scarce, happiness overflows.
Terminal illness, tragic accidents, death of a loved one taken way to early, these experiences rip us to the core. The reality of how scarce our time on this earth is cannot be ignored. Friends and family rally together, focus on the important things in life, and live each moment as though it matters. In the midst of tragedy, beauty abounds.
Humans are inherently resilient. Despite setbacks, heartaches, and loss, we adapt and move forward. In the process of rebuilding, however, we often lose sight of the power of social support, savoring experiences, and making each moment count. We settle into our routines and fall prey to the hustle and bustle of another day. We carry on like this until another unfortunate tragedy crosses our path and rips us back into a mindful state of existence.
How different would our lives be if we kept the importance of support, finding joy in our days, and staying present in the moment a top priority? What can you do today to start living with the realization that your time here is scarce? How can you help yourself remember the important things in life and let the rest of it roll off your back? These are the questions we need to ask ourselves. Our happiness depends on the answers.