My wife and I went up to Sedona, AZ for a romantic weekend to celebrate our anniversary.
On the way, we stopped at an old copper mining town. It’s a ghost town but about 500 people live there who make their living from the tourists. There are a few restaurants. We decided to eat lunch there and picked the one restaurant that was air conditioned. The food, service and ambiance were surprisingly good.
Our waiter seemed to be a happy person. Not bubbling with happiness, but more of a happy contentment with his life. After lunch I asked him if he is happy and what makes him happy? When I ask this question, I always tell people that there is no right or wrong answer. Like most people, he was a little stunned and had to think for a moment. He then said that he is happy because he finally gave up depending on others for his happiness and learned to create his own. He also tries to live in the NOW (shades of Echart Tolle) and not think about the past nor worry about the future. The key here is living in the now, which he admits is pretty hard for humans to do.
Later in the day, we arrived at our hotel. Actually a Bed and Breakfast. Very nice place that we’ve stayed at before. The owners are very, very into religion. I’m more secular, although I do believe in God. I asked one of them if he is happy and what makes him happy. He said he is happy because he knows what his future is going to be after he dies. He is going to heaven and will live in eternal bliss for millions of years.
I found it very interesting that one person’s happiness comes from living in the NOW and the other’s comes from the what will be in his FUTURE. I haven’t met anyone yet who is happy because of the PAST.