H A P P I N E S S i s….

 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.





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?



About reachhard

Richard Gregorio Penaflor was born on September 19 to Atty. Leonides R. Penaflor, a struggling labor lawyer from Polangui. Albay and to Elizabeth G. Penaflor, a former househelp from Libertad, Antique. He is the middle child to a brood of five (5) plus seven (7) minus 3 minus 1 persevering children who transcended from poverty. He is married to Engr. Maela Katherine Dee and blessed with one loving and intelligent son, Spencer Matthew D. Penaflor. A chemical engineer and environmentalist by profession and a writer/youth volunteer by avocation. In college, he was a consistent student leader, a scholar/recipient of different scholarship programs like the YMCA of Manila, Guillermo de Vega Scholarship Grant, Prof. Mutsuhiko Miki Scholarship for Nihongo subject. He was also one (1) of the lucky Youth Ambassadors of Goodwill of the Philippines who represented the country in 1989 to ASEAN countries like Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and Japan under the Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program (SSEAYP ’89). God also rewarded him to be one of the board topnotchers in the 1990 Chemical Engineering Board Examination. He finished college at Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila with a degree in Chemical Engineering under a scholarship and landed in good jobs and companies. Just recently, he completed his master’s study with a degree of Master in Developmental Management at Development Academy of the Philippines under a government scholarship. He worked with different prestigious companies like Manila Electric Company (MERALCO), Norkis-Yamaha Motorcycle Company, Department of Science and Technology, Ginebra San Miguel, Inc., San Miguel Corporation, Tutoring Club, ABS-CBN Foundation and most recently in the government’s Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC). Recognizing his environmental advocacies, Richard received in 2011 the prestigious Blue Falcon Award from V. Mapa High School Alumni Association. With all the professional experiences he gained in working with these various companies, he can truly say that he is really blessed by God for He allowed him to work in these different institutions to harness him more and prune him to be a better person. Richard firmly believes that sufferings, pains, and poverty are just time-bound. It is just a phase in life and not at all a permanent state. Out of these trials and tribulations, he emerged as winner and victorious!