Hello dear friends,
For several days this week one of the early TV shows has been exploring the subject of happiness. It is obvious that there is a high level of interest in this elusive thing. Americans are fortunate that it is totally constitutional to pursuit happiness. However; our constitution does not guarantee that we’ll be able to «get» it. So, perhaps we can get to achieve happiness in an indirect way. There might be other things we need to do and happiness will come as a byproduct. The old prophet Micah has an idea that might be helpful to us. He says: «He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.» (Micah 6:8) The first thing to consider is that happiness comes to those who live under the requirements of The Higher Power. My own requirements are never high enough. Even the expectations of society fall short. Those who invest their lives doing the right thing not just for themselves, but for others as well, are the ones doing justice. They find happiness without seeking it because they are on the right path. Those who love others and perform unrequired acts of kindness find happiness and they don’t even realize it. They are too busy being agents of love and kindness delivering happiness to others. Then there is that thing called humility. It is in the practice of surrendering vanity and pride that we learn how to walk humbly. The humble walk is a happy walk and it is always with God. If you feel that happiness is passing you by, then start walking the happy walk with God by your side.
Peace and Joy!