I want you to be happy right now! This moment today and everyday forward. I don't want you to wait for happiness for some time in the future or think that when I have this or have accomplished that then I will be happy. That's not the way it works! Why do we compromise our happiness for anything? Why do we take jobs we don't love or stay at home and do nothing just to save money! How many times have you not gone to visit an out of town friend or family member because we thought we couldn't afford it right now. Why do we value our pocketbooks over our friends, our family and our happiness? To some extent every single one of us is guilty of this in some way or form. It's like we've been trained from the time we were little to be little robots doing everything society wants us to do first before we can do the things that bring us joy and make us truly happy. This is wrong! I'm not suggesting that we stop doing things for other people but certainly we should stop doing things we truly don't want to do! Making others happy can bring you so much joy when it's genuine and not done out of obligation! This past week I have spent a lot of time visiting friends, some of whom I haven't seen for a very long time. It wasn't that I didn't want to visit sooner but I had piled my life up with obligations that I felt should come before my happiness. I am going to try not to do this anymore. It was so good for my soul to see my friends and while I was visiting I realized how good it was for them to be visited. Some things in life have more value than we think. Maybe it's time to stop and prioritize the things we do each day based on what we value most rather than what we think we ought to do. This is a picture of my good friends Paul and Debbie (and their dog Molly) who have always made time for friends and family. I wish I could say that I took the picture but I forgot to take any pictures of anyone I saw last week. This was taken on their recent trip to Manitoulin Island to visit family.