A friend sat with me on the front porch. We had just enjoyed a day of old-fashioned visiting, chatting, and remembering on a beautiful day out in the country. She said, “You have such a happy life. What is your secret?”
This is what I thought about in response.
A Happy Life
What is the secret of a happy life? Do you think YOU deserve a happy life? What would a happy life look like? How would you know if you are living it?
To begin with, you would have peace and contentment. I believe that happy people trust that they are exactly where they were meant to be in life; whether in a career, a stay-at-home parent, a student or someone still looking for their place in the sun.
Wherever they are in life and whatever age, they have accessed the ability to enjoy being right there at this moment in time.
They have learned to laugh – even if sometimes to hide the pain. They look outward and see the best in people. By doing so, they bring out the best in people.
Every single day, they give of themselves in some way large or small. And every day, they are thankful.
They use their natural gifts bestowed by the creator. That’s an important part. If you were given a gift, you are expected to use it, share it and let others benefit from it.
Find your special gifts and share them generously. Give yourself the freedom to enjoy happiness and bring happiness to all those around you. That’s the way it was meant to be.
P.S. There is a Chinese saying that goes: “If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.”