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Finding Happiness by Virginia Murphy-Berman

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PART III

Connecting to the Future: Dreams of Our Tomorrows

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

—Eleanor Roosevelt

We will now turn to an examination of our thoughts about the future. When people ask us, “Well, what do you want to accomplish in life?” some of us may just experience an image of blankness. One way around this dilemma of not knowing how to answer the “What do you want to accomplish?” question is to fall back on rather clichéd answers. We may say that we just want to do something that contributes to the good of humankind or helps make the world a better place. These are fine abstract goals to have, but they may be so general that they are hard to really implement. They also don’t help us much in ...

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