Enjoying Life

“Why should we need extra time in which to enjoy ourselves? If we expect to enjoy our life, we will have to learn to be joyful in all of it, not just at stated intervals when we can get time or when we have nothing else to do.

It may well be that it is not our work that is so hard for us as the dread of it and our often expressed hatred of it.  Perhaps it is our spirit and attitude toward life, and its conditions that are giving us trouble instead of a shortage of time.  Surely the days and nights are as long as they ever were.

A feeling of pleasure in a task seems to shorten it wonderfully, and it makes a great difference with the day’s work if we get enjoyment from it instead of looking for all our pleasure altogether apart from it, as seems to be the habit of mind we are more and more growing into.”

             -Laura Ingalls Wilder, “Little House in the Ozarks: The Rediscovered Writings”

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