In the journey of life, the human race often gets distracted and imprisoned by the creatures and temporary scenarios which were all supposed to work in line to make the adventure of life more fascinating.
We care chiefly about what people think and ignore our own emotions. We focus only on the things we wish we had and ignore the numerous resources we are blessed with. We let our guards down and let minute trials overwhelm us. We live in the dark and in our sadness and forget there’s always a path that can and will illuminate our lane if only we discover it.
Are we really supposed to live in the agonies and misadventures that accompany life and fail to enjoy life the little way we can? Are we really supposed to just exist in the world and put up with whatever comes at us?
It’s pretty saddening that sadness, trials and failure are bound to erupt at a certain point in time, while the reverse, which are happiness and success, aren’t even guaranteed.
We often keep complaining about our lives; the jobs we seek and don’t get, the people we aspire to be with but can’t be with. However, have you ever paused for a second to feel the plight of the lots of people who barely have food to eat, people who stare out through the windows every day and night and watch the 24 hours crawl-past slowly like a thousand days. We don’t notice all that. All we seek is more money, more clothes; practically more everything.
Looking at the image above, do you really think those kids are as fortunate as you are? Do you think they’re educated like you? Do you really feel they have all they want? The answer is most likely to be NO.
However, are those kids really poor? Are they suffering? Before answering that, scroll back up and stare at the picture a little more.
Those kids might have a poor financial status, however, they have a rich soul.
They are contented with having a meal to eat and being in the comfort of their loved ones. They make a happy living out of life that offers so little. They find every reason to give a priceless expression. They barely concern themselves with what people think. They know how to give and love from the little resources they own. They look poor, but in reality, they are more wealthy than most people who own luxuries and roll in fancy attires.
In as much a poverty is never anyone’s ideal life, are you really willing to chase riches even at the expense of your own happiness? Do you easily choose riches over your loved ones? Sad to say but, though you may succeed, happiness is likely to be miles away from you.
The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge. – Bertrand Russell
Regardless of whatever reason you may think you have to be sad, you have every reason to be happy. Just like the title of Luther Vandross and Janet Jackson’s 1992 soundtrack stated, the best things in life are free.
Think about that, do you pay for the air which is most essential to life? When depressed, do you pay to get hugs and advice from loved ones? Money can buy you a heater but can it really buy you warmth?
Learn to observe the beautiful creatures around you and look deeper within yourself to realize the many gifts you’re endowed with. Just then, you’ll be filled with reasons to be happy, reasons to enjoy life as much as possible in as many ways as possible.
Quit living your life for the sake of others, quit living solely to meet up with people’s expectations, quit being a subject to people who barely have their own lives together.
Strive to always remain positive and open minded, and to always to see every trial, difficulty and hardship as a stepping stone to success.
Trials will creep in, failure is certain, however your attitude is what determines whether you lead a happy life or get swollen by these temporary predicaments.
Don’t wait till everything falls in place before you can be happy. Instead, discover and celebrate every little success while chasing the bigger dreams.
It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness. – Charles Spurgeon
Never forget, riches may be important, but your happiness is priority. Success don’t bring happiness, happiness brings success.
Like Omar Khayyam said, be happy for this moment, because this moment is your life!
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