Wednesday, April 6, 2011

What Brings Happiness

     Ed Hays has very inspiring words concerning happiness.
     Simply to have all the necessities of life and three meals a day will not bring happiness. Happiness is hidden in the unnecessary and in those impractical things that bring delight to the inner person...When we lack proper time for the simple pleasures of life, for the enjoyment of eating, drinking, playing, creating, visiting friends, and watching children at play, then we have missed the purpose of life. Not on bread alone do we live but on all these human and heart-hungry luxuries. 
      How very true! Happiness is not bought. Happiness could never be rented. Happiness could only be lived by those who have innocent and simple hearts. Happiness is within each person. We could only find it when we free ourselves from the daily distractions of our lives.
      Get happy!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Forgiveness Paves The Way To Happiness

     St. Paul comments, "I am doing the things I do not want to do, and not doing the things I want to do." Recently this has been my dilemma. It's my goal of becoming a happy person through following the Christian values. Hence the creation of this blog. However, my goal has just been tested. There is this person whom I come into contact with daily and successfully manages to make me boil inside and makes me unhappy. I detest her ways. I hate her attitude. Slowly the feelings inside me are magnified, especially when other critics of her talk against her back in front of me. I always affirmed their criticism against her and even added my own opinion and ill-feelings.
     Doing this daily drains me of my energy. Not only that, my conscience keeps on bugging me. Here I am, doing a personal growth blog, yet doing wayward things. When I could no longer handle my feelings, I consulted it to God. I said, there is no way I could correct the person because no one could change someone's attitude in an instant and without the person's consent. Moreover, when the person is not that emotionally and psychologically mature.
      Eventually God did not delay the answer. He answered in one word -- forgiveness. Forgiveness not so much to the person who caused me misery, because there would be many of them whom I would eventually encounter in my lifetime. But forgiveness in myself. The reason why I react negatively and painfully, is because I harbor within me those feeling of negativity and pains. In short, I have not fully forgiven myself from my mistakes in the past, thereby making me difficult to accept people as they are, good and bad alike. I have not fully forgiven and accepted myself as I am with all my weaknesses and shortcomings. This dawned on me. I was awakened from my deepest slumber. Yes, this is what I have to work on within myself. For if I were loving myself as I am, there would be no difficulty on my part accepting people as they are. With this realization I am so thankful to God. And I am happy.
     Get happy!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Reverence For Life

    Heard about Albert Schweitzer? He was a medical missionary in Africa, an organist, a theologian and a philosopher. His greatest teaching according to Wilfred A. Petterson in The Art of Living With Others has been compressed into a spiritual capsule of three words -- reverence for life.
     Peterson describes reverence for life beautifully:
When one has reverence for life, one holds life in the highest esteem as God's gift to us. One recognizes that all life is a part of God and that God is a part of all life. One sees that the chief purpose of life -- plant, animal and human -- is to express itself. The universal affirmation of all life is the will to live, to grow, to make the most of its own unique qualities.
When a person has reverence for life that person will never do anything to harm, hinder or destroy life. Instead that person bends every effort to help life to fulfill its highest destiny. That person strives to maintain, enhance, and assist life to make the most of itself.
Reverence for having the vision to see that when even the very smallest segment of life is helped. It is using our influence to glorify and celebrate the eternal miracle of life.
     Ah, beautiful words. Accurately put.
     It is our mission here on earth to revere the life we have and that of others because we are all connected with each other. We are one. It might be easier said than done, yet we have to do it because it is in our very nature. We could not go against our nature. It might be difficult for me to do, given the tons of aches and pains I carried on my back, yet doing it one step at a time, I'll be able to revere life, my life and those around me. Hope you could do it too.

     Get happy!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Prayer Affirmation

     In our age today, the form of prayer has a new face. Wise gurus discovered it and shared their discovery to the world. It is their way of touching people and helping them create better beings in themselves and others. This form of prayer is described by Socrates as, "You are what you think." Wise gurus said, everything that comes to mind is a form of prayer, whether it be good thoughts or bad thoughts, as long as it is recognized by the mind. Thus, this gurus lead us to the best form of prayer - the positive one. I found one of this prayers, which I pray daily, from Allan Cohen. It is my pleasure to share this with you.
Today I set my mind and heart on a new path. I focus my energy on love, appreciation, and my highest possibilities. Today I claim responsibility for my own success, and step forward with a new enthusiasm to manifest unprecedented good. I use my mind to create only the best, and I draw unto me all the support and resources I need for positive change. Thank you God, for opening the door to a life filled with blessings.
     Now go and pray this daily and be transformed in the days to come.
     Be happy!

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