H AP P I N E S S i s ……
There was a certain village called Tondena whose inhabitants were all poor. Yet the people of Tondena were at ease and lived quite happily in spite of their poverty.
One day, two of their fishermen, Kulafu and Anejo, caught something unusual with their nets. It was a large and heavy wooden chest. They opened it upon reaching the shore. The wooden chest was filled with the pearls. Not knowing what to do with them, the fishermen brought them to Ka Miguel, the wiseman.
“What shall we do with this?” Kulafu asked Ka Miguel. “ The pearls are so many that it is enough to give a pearl to each family. Then everyone in Tondena will become very rich.”
“Throw the pearls back to sea.” Ka Miguel, the wiseman told them.
“But your reverence,” Anejo replied, “are you not glad that the poor family will finally be rich and happy?”
There is an eternity of difference between being rich and being happy,” Ka Miguel answered. “Although the people of Tondena are poor, they are happy because they love life for what it is and not for what it has. The people love one another for what they are and not for what they possess. When Tondena will become rich, all of these will be reversed. Life will be loved for what it has, and people will be loved for what they possess. When this happens, our village will become the saddest, although we might be the richest.”
Kulafu and Anejo obeyed. They threw the pearls back into the sea, and Tondena remained happy and at peace.
LIFE’S LESSON and REFLECTION : HAPPINESS
Happiness should not be our life’s goal, it should be our life. Make a decision to be happy right now because there is no time to achieve happiness other than right now.
Happiness is a state of mind and not a set of accomplishments or the accumulation of material things. You must accept that life will always have challenges and things will not always go your way. Instead of feeling disappointed when things don’t work out the way you’d hoped, feel grateful for the experience. Instead of dreaming of a brighter, happier, richer tomorrow, make today as wonderful as you can. Treasure each moment that you have air in your lungs and treasure the people you share those moments with.
There is no way to happiness: happiness is the way! Stop waiting to meet your soulmate, to get married, to have children, to pay off your mortgage, for Friday night, for payday, for the summer time.
Stop waiting for happiness to arrive. Just simply decide to be happy. Work like you don’t need money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. And dance like no one’s watching. Remember that happiness is not some great goal or destination, it’s a journey and a way of life. Why not try it out today?
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