An English teacher at school once had her students, including yours truly, write down in their notebooks the following sentence. ‘A happy future is made up of nothing but lots of happy todays put together’. The literature context to it was forgotten soon to honor a very noble tradition amongst student lives, but the sentence written wasn’t.

The prospect of a happy future did not highly appeal to a boy of 12, but when it started doing so to the boy of 20, remembrance of that sentence came as a blessing in a really fascinating manner. I have had a habit of picking up my younger brother’s English books to glance across the good verse put together in those which had given me my first fascinations with Byron and Whitman. Etched across atop one of the pages was the very same sentence I had written in my notebook years ago. It was as if Mrs. Pamela Benjamin’s purpose behind it had come full circle for me who at 20 had piled up questions about life and being without any hope for answers. The page depicted a beautiful English poem by William Wordsworth, ‘The Solitary Reaper’, the literature context of which stays forgotten, (student vows you know). I did not address how the sentence and its writing had shifted from the notebook to the textbook, maybe Mrs. Benjamin isn’t super strict anymore, but the instance delivered a really familiar emotion to the heart, one whose presence is not embraced as often as it should.

Happiness is forgotten even claimed to be lost amidst the chaos of our daily lives. You stop at a traffic light, glance across people sitting in their air conditioned cars with the most lifeless faces, not one smiling or giving even a little regard to being happy. The trouble is much grave for those of us battling anxiety and anxiousness, happiness comes hard. A very true cause of it is our constant worry for the future. The questions of our ‘what ifs’ and ‘what now’ prevent us from rising each morning from a good sleep induced in peace and embracing how much ‘today’ could offer us. Yes, the future is uncertain and even scary on certain days but a really good part of it is associated with it offering us ‘endless possibilities and ‘infinite outcomes’. The reasons which make it seem hard and difficult are the very same which lands us a lot of hope for it being happy and easy. All we need to do is stop counting our tomorrows and start living the’ todays’ and the ‘nows’.

Mrs. Benjamin was correct trust me, the boy of 20, applied the blessing that rests with that sentence and the boy of 21 almost about to be 22 cannot thank his old self enough for it. A happy future might be a little far- fetched but a happy today is pretty much within the accomplishment ambitions. It is not easy on all of ‘todays’ yes, but even if you could live some of those for happy endeavors then I am sure Mrs. Benjamin would be really proud of yours truly for writing this and sharing her beautiful sentence with you. After all, lots of happy todays would surely come together for a happy future.
Dwell in your ‘nows’ friend, make them the happiest you could, god bless you.

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