30 June 2011
True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.
Many years ago, a customer of mine had a daily departure routine. After getting his coffee and checking for day-old bagels, Franklin always, I mean always, left the deli by giving me a handshake, a warm look in the eye, and the sincerest wish as he nodded, "Enjoy the day, o.k.?"
Thanks for the reminder, Cultural Offering!
Enjoy the day.