|music||:||Mendelssohn - Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64|
— from the October 7, 2005 edition of Four For Friday
These have been in my Interest list for a long time now:
勤奮 meaning "diligence", "industriousness".
忍耐 meaning "patience", "restraint".
誠懇 meaning "sincerity".
謙遜 meaning "modesty", "humility".
Unlike most others, persuit of happiness is not my goal. Rather, I believe it will be a side effect of living well, living within the constraints of my circumstances and accepting such. I don't ask to be happy. I only ask to be able to handle whatever life throws at me, good or bad, with dignity and discipline. And happiness will follow.
"Are you happy?" was the question posed to me.
My left hand, alone, is worth more than most peoples' entire estate. I have too much to be thankful for, too much going for me, too many good things happening and really, way too wonderful of a life to be miserable. I simply don't have the right to be unhappy about anything.
I don't care to be happy per se. I accept my life. I accept who I am, where I was, what has been. I make the best of what I have. There's a lot that can be improved. There's never enough time/money/motivation/resources to do everything I want to, but that's the reality of anyone's existence. I do what I can.