Happily ever after
“It is only possible to live happily ever after on a day-to-day basis.”
— Margaret Bonanno
Did you ever wonder why the fairy tales end when the happiness starts? When the character slays the dragon or the enemy, saving the loved one or rescuing the world at large, the story usually ends (or at least stops for awhile until the sequel appears with a new problem at hand). The details of living happily ever after are never given, and if they were, we would probably be bored. In other words, living happily does not usually entail nonstop excitement. I think that’s one reason for learning to savor the details we might normally miss in the rush of life. When it comes to what we pay attention to, the squeaky wheel may command more than its fair share of our focus. How much happier to notice the wheels that spin quietly, smoothly, efficiently — functioning so well we take them for granted.
This post was originally published seven years ago today. The original post, comments and photo are linked, along with two other related posts, below.