|Letter: Finding happiness|
|Published on December 27, 2013||
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If you have no idea how truly blessed and lucky you are, go spend some time with the homeless or the disabled, people who would give anything for some of the things we take for granted.
Do you think it can't happen to you? Many of them thought so too.
I know of a successful man who was involved in an accident that left him blind, another, a trained engineer who sat on a plane and for a still unexplained reason his body stopped working, confining him to a bed paralyzed from the neck down for years, now he can do barely anything for himself.
I have spent time talking with people whose personal savings were vaporized by a loved one's illness, or the collapse of a business that plummeted them from darlings of their society to homeless.
You who woke up this morning with health and a functioning body drop to your knees and bless God, life, the Universe, dumb luck or whoever you ascribe your good fortune to, that you do not have to wait for someone else to take you to the toilet when you need to go. Or that you're plugged into machines that are keeping you alive.
If you can walk unaided give thanks, there are many to whom that is a superpower.
If you live in your own house and can pay your bills, feed your family regardless of how modest the life, there are so many for whom that can only be a dream and a fantasy.
Do not be so caught up chasing what you don't have that you forget to see what you do have. Many of us think only of the next level and fail to appreciate how truly blessed we are right where we are.
Don't make that mistake. it robs you of happiness.
If you have one friend in the world cherish them, there are many who are dying of loneliness.
By going and seeking out the people who REALLY have it hard you would get to see your own life in perspective and would bless it the powers that chose to bless you this abundantly.
The secret of happiness is acceptance, it is managing circumstances, it is gratitude for blessings even as we hope and strive for more. The truly wealthy know this, and because of this they live peaceful and happy lives.
Forget the people who have it better than you, go find the people who have it worse and bless them, see how you feel. Come back and tell me if it cured your depression and just like that transported you to happiness.
Phillip Edward Alexander
Social and Political Activist
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Life holds one guarentee only, and we know what that is. Aside from that, anything can be handed to us, and some things that we never expect to see coming will. How we handle this makes us a winner or loser. I am writint this at a time when things have not gone well the past year and will not for some time. And some things will not go well in some ways for many a time to come and perhaps never. This is a heavy stone to carry. I, however, cannot drop it. What I do with the stone counts for everything, and at this time Im not doing well. However, I know if I seek out god's will and good counsel I will do well. Perhaps not waht I want but perhaps what is needed.
Faced with uncertainty, my ability to be patient collapses. In my heart, I know that this approach ends up causing problems rather than soving them. If you are facing the same strategy to fix things, change course. Get good guidence. Think things through. Lastly, accept the reality that there are people that have a much harder row to hoe than you do. Meeting them, and being of service to them will help take you out of your problems and into another state of thinking. Lets hope I can read my own advice. Happy holidays and god bless you
Lastly, one thing that I have found useful in facing anything, good or bad, is to keep this one rule in mind. COMMITT NO ACT OF SELF TREASON.