"Happiness is not the destination, it’s the journey." – Various
Many people have said this, but it does bear repeating, in the midst of everything. We don’t ever really know what the destination is in life – we may think we know, but we don’t – it changes on us, we change it. So it’s really about the taking time along the way, every day to be happy. A friend of mine mentioned that everyday she takes the time to write down what’s she thankful for and instantly she feels better. I was compelled to try it myself, after a particularly bad day. Some of the things that made my list:
I was happy my son’s fall down the stairs resulted in nothing more than a few tears
I was happy my children were healthy.
I was happy to be able to have a quiet late night dinner with my husband
I was happy to live in my house
I was happy for the opportunities that await me out there
The list went on, but even now as I write those things, I feel better about my day already – just remembering some of the things I should be grateful for.
So – have a happy day…
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“Don’t turn down an opportunity because you are afraid. That’s not a good reason to turn down something. So many people, especially women, think they’re not qualified when it comes to new opportunities. You think there is someone who can do a job better, but usually there’s not. Those guys who are acting like they are better qualified? They aren’t any better qualified. They just think they are. Be willing to take a chance!” – Heidi Hammel – Astonomer
Here’s a great article/interview with Heidi Hammel an astronomer who studies Uranus, is helping to build a giant telescope and manages a team of other scientists. (And for all you working moms out there – she telecommutes and raises 3 children.)
Heidi says that first studied stars as a child when she was driving with her parents – car sickness forced her to look up and focus on the constellations. From there it was college at MIT, where in her own words,
“I struggled so hard. Nobody seemed to be working as hard as I did and they were getting much better grades. I was not a very happy person there. I learned how to work hard and how to cope with failure. I learned you couldn’t let things get you down. If you persevere, the rewards will come later on.”
A great life lesson, to encourage our daughters to struggle through the math and science classes, even if at first, things don’t come easily. Math and science are critical skills and are a great foundation for anything.
Dr. Hammel goes on to talk about taking risks – heading out to Hawaii for graduate school, being asked to lead a team, and then relying on that team. Read the whole article for more about being a women in a man’s field, the stars, science and balancing work and family and the best advice she can give young women today.