There used to be an old Mormon movie called "Man's Search for Happiness". It begins with this; "Sometimes in your search for happiness, you ponder the meaning of your life. You sift your memory for beginnings, you send your mind ahead for directions, but all you really know is “now.” And you are lost in the present."
Why do they think that "now" such a bad place to be? Why be 'lost in the present'? This makes no sense to me, especially when I read the following chapter in the book "The Way Of The Small, Why Less Is More" by Michael Gellert.
"Many people today, particularly in America, suffer from what can be called a happiness complex.
The happiness complex is fundamentally an illusion. The illusion is not the belief that one is happy when she is not, although some people will go to great lengths to convince themselves and others that they are happy when they are not. The illusion is rather in the beliefs of what happiness is. Many people today assume that happiness implies the absence of suffering and struggle, as if a life of meaning, service to others, or tormented but creative accomplishment is not a happy life. Another misconception is that happiness must be sought and acquired, as if it were something special and that is apart from ordinary, everyday life. It must be attained by fulfilling some requirement - perhaps making more money or finding a new spouse - or by following some prescribed method or program of self-improvement. But happiness is right before our eyes, immediately available to us if we surrender to what this very moment offers, to what fate has put on our table right now. The happiness complex consists of the hope that happiness will come if only...."
This is powerful! It makes one stop and think about what they want in life. The pursuit of happiness is in the Constitution isn't it? But why just pursue it when it is right in front of us, if we can just let go of some of those misconceptions.
I guess what makes me think of this, is a conversation with a friend last night who happened to comment that I seemed happy, what was I doing different? I replied, "I'm just enjoying the moment!"