For Today –
 
For thousands of years we have been demanding more than our share of security, 
prestige, and romance. When we seemed to be succeeding, we drank to dream 
still greater dreams. When we were frustrated, even in part, we drank for oblivion. 
Never was there enough of what we thought we wanted. In all these strivings, so 
many of them well-intentioned, our crippling handicap had been our lack of 
humility. We had lacked the perspective to see that character-building and 
spiritual values had to come first, and that material satisfactions were not the 
purpose of living. Quite characteristically, we had gone all out in confusing the 
ends with the means. Instead of regarding the satisfaction of our material 
desires as the means by which we could live and function as human beings, 
we had taken these satisfactions to be the final end and aim of life.
                                                
-- Twelve Steps And Twelve Traditions, page 71
 
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A string of excited, fugitive, miscellaneous pleasures is not happiness; 
happiness resides in imaginative reflection and judgment, when the picture 
of one's life, or of human life, as it truly has been or is, satisfies the will, 
and is gladly accepted.
 
-- George Santayana
 
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Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.
 
-- Anon

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