Thursday, March 9, 2017

Voltaire's Wisdom About Life

"God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well."

Lodge of Nine Sisters, Paris, France

We all possess the ability to live well. The problem is, so many people really don't know what they want, don't appreciate the things they have, and look to others to fulfill their needs. If you're looking for happiness and contentment through another person, or from external sources, you'll only know disappointment in life.  It has to come from you first.

Being content comes from within. Living well isn't about money, mansions, or expensive cars--money doesn't buy happiness. It never did.  Happiness begins with who you are as a person, how you view yourself, and how you view the world itself.  You always find what you expect, and if you expect disappointment, that's what you're always going to find.

Happiness starts with being content.  Being content starts with being grateful for and appreciating the gifts you have already been given.

~Todd E. Creason

Excerpted from A Freemason Said That? Great Quotes of Famous Freemasons edited by Todd E. Creason (2009)

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