Drawing Happiness from Within

Like much in Charles de Lint's books, this describes a way to look things which has made me much more comfortable with myself and the world around me.

“I don't envy the music others hear anymore; I'm too filled with my own now, the strains that connect me to [the] people I love in my life. I'm not saying my world's suddenly become perfect. I've still got my ups and downs.…But whenever things get bad, all I do is slow down. I stop and listen to the music and then I can't help but appreciate what I do have.

It's funny what a difference a positive attitude can have. When you go out of your way to be nice to people, or do something positive for those who can't always help themselves…it comes back to you. I don't mean you gain something personally. It's just that the world becomes a little bit of a better place, the music becomes a little more upbeat, and how can you not gain something from that?

See, when you get down to the basics of it, everything's just molecules vibrating. Which is what music is, what sound is—vibrations in the air. So we're all part of that music and the worthier it is, the more voices we can add to it, the better off we all are.

Sure beats the silence that's threatening to swallow us otherwise.”

From "Saskia" in Moonlight & Vines by Charles de Lint.