As our world changes around us, I have been observing how people handle these changes. There is panic in some, general fear in others. But, overall, there seems to be a sadness in those who have known better times, and that’s most of us. Young people are less affected by these circumstances or simply more protected from them, except for those who are job hunting.
Being a problem-solver at heart, I took on the task of figuring out how people could be happy and remain happy in unhappy times. It is my belief that people live better, perform better, and create their futures better when they are happy. So, it seemed a worthy endeavor. Here is what I came up with.
I have found in the various teaching that I have done, whether it’s tennis, art or life, in order to improve, a person must first find a level of harmony that he or she can comfortably function within before that person can improve. This is true whether it’s learning a forehand, painting a portrait or finding a true love. Harmony must be found. This is what we are seeing now with the tremendous down-sizing with families in their living conditions and businesses with their operations. People are seeking that level at which they comfortably function.
The same thing is true with individuals in regard to happiness – the need is to find first a place of harmony. That place, that harmony, is within every person and it is essential that it be found and latched onto. From there happiness can grow. The mind may whirl around trying to find answers to all sorts of discomforts and inconveniences, but it cannot lead to a sense of calm. Only the heart holds harmony. To dwell in the heart for a short time each day sets things right and reminds one of what is important. The breathing in of this harmony is more than a breath of fresh air. It is a return to one’s essence.
I like the word “essence.” It contains all the references to spiritual matters that we can think of, but it is more tangible. As I take a few moments to rest in the heart each day I think of “essence” in this way:
I am rich because my essence is abundance.
I am happy because my essence is joy.
I am strong because my essence is power.
I am smart because my essence is infinite intelligence.
I am kind because my essence is love.
I am good because my essence is God.
As I lay near death, long ago, I asked for life with all my heart. My prayer was answered. How we consider the gift of life that we have been given determines much. We mustn’t take life for granted. It is everything. Never let a little thing like a recession disturb you or upset your sense of harmony and therefore your state of happiness.
Please, as we go through this “recession” together, be
bright, be happy and keep going. Don’t
wait for it to be over to be happy. Be
happy and its effects on you will be nullified.
And, you too will be able to uplift others by your mere presence. It is the most we can do at this time and it
is the most needed.
“Life is wonderful! Don’t forget it.”
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