The Secret of a Happy Life

Life is half spent before we know what it is. George Herbert

This quote by some guy who lived about 500 years ago is just one of the many lessons that I wish I had learned much earlier in my life. Another is this:

A great deal of life is spent doing things one does not want to do, often with people one does not even like. A wise man will learn this truth and avoid wasting time in such unpleasant pursuits.

I shudder to think of the time I have wasted through the years in such vain endeavors. I'm not talking about the time I've spent doing hard work or eating vegetables or going to school - we all have things to do that we don't like, but which are necessary all the same. What I'm talking about are the unnecessary things that are also detrimental - like the times we've hung out with people that we shouldn't have been with doing things we shouldn't have been doing.

I'm convinced that the sooner we learn this truth, the sooner we can get on with enjoying the life that God created us for. While it would be nice for life to come equipped with a reset button so that we could just eliminate all of the really stupid things we have done in the past, the next best thing is to just start doing the things that God wanted us to do in the first place. Then we can get on with pursuing those things that are truly worthwhile - hopefully before the last half of our lives are gone.

He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8, NIV