Meditations on Happiness

As a child I dreamed of living among the dinosaurs, like the Flintstones in fact.
My family supported this fantastic delusion of mine with oh so perfect tact. 
As a child I dreamed of living in outer-space with The Jetsons and others alike. 
I knew this was silly, but it was nice to dream of what the future was like. 
I rather be taller, stronger and have a much deeper voice; 
but I was born, as I was born and I had very little choice. 
I rather be rich beyond all my desires and never have to worry;
but the stars may have other plans, that’s ok, I am not in a hurry. 
As an adult I dreamed of helping make the world a better place.
My family supported this dream with a nod and a warm embrace. 
As an adult I realized life is short and I dreamt of living forever. 
I know this won’t happen, as I am certain- I am not that clever. 
I will dismiss all these futilities and follow the path of bliss- the only true path known:
“I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone.”1

1.  J.R.R. Tolkien. The Lord of the Rings. Ballantine Books, New York. Copyright 1954-1974


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