Trying for Happiness
Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it. ~Fyodor Dostoevsky
Hello friends, I realize I’ve been quiet of late, well to be honest it’s been a hell of a month and it’s not quite half over. Two friends have died, two truly wonderful, big-hearted people who I thought the world of and was blessed to know. Even harder than their deaths has been watching their passings tear apart even more people I know, even forces of nature can be temporarily drowned in waves of grief and I’m watching that happen. It hurts to see those you love in so much pain, even more so when you’re in pain yourself. But as they say, when it rains it pours, two acquaintances have been diagnosed with new or recurring cancers; a family member has been diagnosed with two serious illnesses. I’m also struggling with a significant relationship that seems all too suddenly to have changed and I wonder what I want from it and whether or not it will continue.
So my head is spinning and my world has been turned upside down and you might think happiness would be a distant destination right now, but it’s not. You see my friends as much as the Ministry of Happiness may have helped you, writing these posts has helped me even more and I thank you for that. Over the last couple of years I’ve talked so much about taking time to stop, to breathe, to be grateful for what I have and try to focus on the good things, to try to live every day as fully as possible, that these ideas and actions are here for me now that I need them. I’ve also have some great friends demonstrate why they are exactly that, great friends.
I’m focusing on the good things, my house value is going up, I’m getting a payout at work, I’m grateful for my little nieces and nephews and all the happiness they bring, I’ve received some really kind words and compliments lately, I’ve been nominated for an award, found a really great job to apply for and I feel good about a couple of students I’ve been able to help out. My garden is producing to the point that every day I’m getting to eat something I’ve grown. It’s through working on the Ministry of Happiness that I’ve cultivated this attitude and you can too my friends, so even when things go wrong, have a happy day my friends. ~ Rev Kane