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|French to English translations [Non-PRO]|
|French term or phrase: Le bonheur n'est pas une destination, mais une façon de voyager|
Happiness is not a destination but a means to get there ?
Is there an official english version
|English translation:Happiness is a journey and not a destination|
Word for word from an e-mail sent to me the other day by a friend!
We often convince ourselves that life will be better once we've got married,
had a child and then had another one.
Later, we feel frustrated because our children are still too young and we
think we would feel better if they were more grown up.
Thus we are convinced that we will be happier once this has come to pass.
We tell ourselves that our life would be complete if our partner had more
luck, if we had a flashier car and a bigger house, if we could go on
holiday, if we were retired.
The truth is that there is no better moment than the present to be happy. If
not now, when?
Life will always be filled with obstacles to overcome and projects to
finish. It is better to accept this and decide to be happy now, before it is
For a long time, I thought that my life was about to begin. My real life!
But the path of life was filled with obstacles, there was always a problem
to be solved first of all. Until I realised that it is these very obstacles
that are life.
This perspective helped me to understand that there is no road that leads to
happiness. Happiness is the road.
Thus, each moment passes that we have and it's even better if we share this
with someone special, sufficiently special to share our time and remember:
time waits for no man. Therefore, we have to stop waiting until we've got
our degree, got a pay rise, married, had children, until our children leave
home, or simply: Friday night, Sunday morning, Spring, Summer, Autumn or
Winter. There is no better moment than the present to be happy.
HAPPINESS IS A JOURNEY AND NOT A DESTINATION
You don't need a lot to be happy. It's enough to appreciate each little
moment and to cherish it like one of the best moments of our life:
Falling in love
Laughing till our sides ache or we've got jaw ache
Finding a load of new mails in our mailbox on returning from holiday
Driving into the beautiful countryside - exploring the unknown
Sleeping in bed and listening to the raindrops fall outside
Getting out of the shower and drying ourselves with a warm and fluffy towel
Passing our last exam
Having an interesting conversation
Finding money in a pair of trousers we haven't worn for ages
Laughing at ourselves
Laughing for no particular reason
Accidentally overhearing someone say something nice about us
Waking up in the middle of the night and realising that we don't have to get
Listening to a song that reminds us of one of our favourite moments
Making new friends
Seeing our loved ones happy
Visiting an old friend and realising that things haven't changed between us
Admiring a sun set
Letting someone give us a relaxing back rub and gently falling asleep
Listening to someone say they love us and peacefully cherishing the little
moments that warm our heart and soul
Send this mail to everyone whom you consider to be a friend and wish them a
little bit of happiness and serenity.
"True friends come when life is good, when you call on them and when life is
bad, they come of their own initiative".
"Good friends are like diamonds, precious but rare, false friends are like
autumn leaves, found everywhere".
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|Goodness ! So many good answers ! This is a very subjective choice.|
Once again, thanks so much.
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