Thursday, August 23, 2012

Happiness and Summer Evenings

"Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy."  Guillaume Apollinaire

And summer evenings are the best time of all to "just be happy." Especially those evenings which mark the end of the summer holiday.  Just geting together with a few friends in a quiet spot near the water, eating and drinking and talking.

My own preference, when there are more than two or three people,  is to listen and look, but occasionally I will add a story or two to the conversation.

These are times to "pause in the pursuit of happiness" and remember those times when we have been happiest.  I learned long ago that the happiest times for me were not the "big" times, the celebrations like Christmas or weddings,  but the quiet ones, when there is a lull in the activitiy and you are with someone dear to you, sharing a cup of tea and reflections.

The end of summer is one of those times to pause and "just be happy," before the activity of a new school year sets in.

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