Happiness,  Inspirational quotes

Within our reach

“Happiness not in another place, but this place. Not for another hour, but this hour.” ~Walt Whitman

As we work on our resolutions in the new year, it’s easy to lose sight of the good things within our reach right now. While big goals inspire motivation, they also keep us hyper-focused on the future. For instance, we might convince ourselves that we won’t be happy until we drop another 15 pounds, find the perfect job, or remodel the kitchen.

Walt Whitman believed that happiness is attainable in the present moment. Think of the pleasures and victories you’ve enjoyed so far this year. ~CL

Throughout my career, I've worked as a book production editor, travel magazine editor, features writer, and weekly newspaper columnist. My award-winning lifestyles features and essays have appeared in many national magazines and anthologies, including Newsweek, Reader's Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest, Victoria, Better Homes & Gardens, Bella Grace, and more. My weekly Sunday "Life Lines" column ran for 14 years in The Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, MI) and won a First Place (Local Columns) award from the Michigan Press Association. My essay collection, Writing Home, includes 93 previously published columns and essays focusing on parenthood and family life.

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