May 1, 2017
The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
Wow. May already! When I was a child May Day had a special meaning, over the centuries May Poles would be set up in many countries and people would dance around the Maypole in celebration of spring. I never did that but I did look to the day as the start of something special. We were surrounded with springs bounty, flowers everywhere, winter clothes were stored away and the outdoors beckoned to be enjoyed.
Life was simpler in those days. There were few distractions to keep us from enjoying friends and a simpler and generally happy life. I am happy that we can still capture the spirit of Mayday by appreciating all the good that still surrounds us. It is sad that so many of us to do not fully appreciate what we have until we lose it. Here is a story written by Sadia Raval that reminds me to place value on all the good things I already have.
Mula came upon a frowning man walking along the road to town.
“What’s wrong?” he asked.
The man held up a tattered bag and moaned, “All that I own in this wide world barely fills this miserable, wretched sack.”
“Too bad,” said Mula, and with that, he snatched the bag from the man’s hands and ran down the road with it. Having lost everything, the man burst into tears and, more miserable than before, continued walking.
Meanwhile, Mula quickly ran around the bend and placed the man’s sack in the middle of the road where he would have to come upon it. When the man saw his bag sitting in the road before him, he laughed with joy, and shouted, “My sack! I thought I’d lost you!”
Watching through the bushes, Mula chuckled. “Well, that’s one way to make someone happy!”
How to be Happy
Most people coming to me for therapy obviously come with some immediate concern at hand. However innately they appear to be holding the same question in their hearts as all of you who read this perhaps also do. ” How to be Happy?”. Some part of any counselling process often gets dedicated to helping people identify the happiness that is already there in their lives, in the present, and to experience it for what it is worth.
As the story shows, Happiness is not a distant bird somewhere in some bush. It is often perching right upon our own shoulder. Often we fail to recognize it unless it flies away or as in the above case, gets taken away.
Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain… To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices – today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it.
Joan: You know, my ex never came right out and criticized my cooking. He would just make snide remarks.
Mary: Like what?
Joan: He’d look at his plate and ask, “Was the dog not hungry?”
If Barbie’s so popular, why do you have to buy all her friends?
Dentist: “Try to relax. I’ll pull that aching tooth in five minutes.”
Patient: “How much will this cost?”
Dentist: “It’ll be $100.”
Patient: “That much for just five minutes work?”
Dentist: “Well if you prefer, I can pull it out very slowly.”
The cardiologist’s diet: if it tastes good, spit it out.
Picture yourself near a stream …Birds are chirping softly in the crisp, cool mountain air … Nothing can bother you here … No one knows this secret place … You are in total seclusion from that place called The World … The soothing sound of a gentle waterfall fills the air with a cascade of serenity … The water is clear … You can easily make out the face of the person whose head you’re holding under the water …
There now … Feeling better?
Don’t cry because it’s over: smile because it happened.
A man and a little boy entered a barbershop together.
After the man received the full treatment – shave, manicure, haircut,etc. – he placed the boy in the chair.
“I’m goin’ to buy a tie to wear to the party,” he said.
“I’ll be back in a few minutes.”
When the boy’s haircut was done and the man still hadn’t returned, the barber said, “It looks like your daddy forgot all about you.”
“That wasn’t my daddy,” said the boy. “He just walked up, took me by the hand and said, ‘Come on, son, we’re gonna get a free haircut!'”
Most people would like to be delivered from temptation, but would like it to keep in touch.
A group of elderly Jewish men meet every Wednesday for coffee and a chat. They drink their coffee and then sit for hours discussing the world situation. Usually, their discussion is very negative. One day, Aaron surprises his friends by announcing, loud and clear, “You know what? I’ve now become an optimist.”
Everyone is totally shocked and all conversation dries up. But then Sam notices something isn’t quite right and he says to Aaron, “Hold on a minute, if you’re an optimist, why are you looking so worried?”
Aaron replies, “Do you think it’s easy being an optimist?”
The trouble with being punctual is that no one notices it when you are.
All of his life, Len had heard stories of an amazing family tradition. It seems that his father, grandfather and great-grandfather had all been able to walk on water on their 21st birthday. On that day, they’d walk across the lake to the boat club for their first legal drink.
So, when Len’s 21st birthday came around, he and his friend, Corky, took a boat out to the middle of the lake. Len stepped out of the boat and nearly drowned! Corky just managed to pull him to safety. Furious and confused, Len went to see his grandmother.
“Grandma, it’s my 21st birthday, so why can’t I walk across the lake like my father, his father and his father before him?”
Granny looked Len straight in the eyes and said, “Because your father, grandfather and great- grandfather were born in January. You were born in July.”
When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.
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