“People are often unreasonable, illogical & self centered..forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives..be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some false friends & some true enemies..succeed anyway. If you are honest & frank, people may cheat you..be honest & frank anyway. What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight..build anyway. If you find serenity & happiness, they may be jealous..be happy anyway. The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow..do good anyway. Give the world the best you have & it may never be enough..give the world the best you’ve got anyway. You see, in the final analysis, it is between you & God..it was never between you & them anyway” – Dr. Kent Keith
I LOVE this (huge) quote & totally comply with it. If we took time to truly understand & apply this concept, I believe we´d be MUCH happier with life & ourselves. The best gift we can give others – & ourselves – is our joy (happiness is a temporary state, which may be triggered by external events, whereas joy comes from within & exists even through pain). Forgiveness is much easier accomplished when we are joyful, and from it comes peace, goodness, empathy, time, patience, etc. Of course, I didn´t say it was easy…but it´s definitely possible & totally worth the effort. It takes time to learn to be happy despite tough circumstances, most importantly it takes much practice, every difficult situation is an opportunity for us to practice & learn ways in which true joy will come above any given situation.
This joy I´m talking about comes from above, through prayer & perseverance. I myself am a working process, try as I may, I´m getting better at it because I know how important it is for others, specially the ones I love. Now, don´t frown on me & think I´m a wishful thinker. I´m not saying that when you slap a smile on your face all will be well. No. I´m talking about the certainty that surrounds ourselves & makes us look at things from a different perspective – a positive perspective – where we see each difficulty as an opportunity to grow, become wiser; actually view a problem as a good thing by taking all the good from the seemingly bad, just like God intends. Being joyful has a lot of benefits, as you may know. Just to name a few: It gives you a greater feeling of self worth & focus for living. It fosters forgiveness. It promotes altruism (unselfish concern for the welfare of others). It opens or creates an avenue for resolving failure constructively. It creates & enhances successful relationships with you family, friends, colleagues, etc. It lowers blood pressure by reducing the impact of stress. It promotes resilience. Etc.
“You don´t need to achieve in order to be happy, you need to be happy in order to achieve” – qualia for life
Are you willing to make a commitment – for yourself & others – to live a joyful life despite the struggles (which are not going away any time soon)?