Dienstag, 21. Oktober 2014

Faith & Religin / Divine Thoughts : "It must be wonderfull to be a Bird" . / Elsy Mathew, Bangalore

Divine Thoughts-

Can I be a Happy Person

Don't deny yourself a single day's happiness. (Sirach 14:13)

Three Frogs
Three frogs were sitting at the side of a pond. It was not a pleasant day for them. As they watched the birds flying, they  became more gloomy and sad, because they could not enjoy flying in the vastness of the sky, fly from one hill to another, one tree to the next. They could only swim in the water, jump on the surface of the earth. They thought that it would be superb if they had been endowed with the faculty of wings to fly. And they began to imagine and ponder how nice it would be if they had wings. The first frog said, “It must be wonderful to be a  BIRD. It must be thrilling to fly in the boundless sky—fly up and down, across, round and hovering over the earth and water.” This thought made them unhappy. The second frog came up with a still better desire and said, “It would be  nicer to be TWO BIRDS. If you were two birds you could fly behind yourself.” The frogs pondered longer and became more unhappy and sadder than before. After a long time a long silence the third frog said, “The most beautiful feeling must be to be THREE BIRDS, because then you could watch yourself fly behind yourself!.

We have countless desires that may not be fulfilled. Aiming high and being satisfied with what we get is healthy. Human being is never happy with the present state of life. Always we want to be something else—one state higher than the previous. There is no time to think of the present and enjoy the numerous blessings showered on us abundantly.

Who decides whether you shall be happy or unhappy? The answer—you do!

A television celebrity had as a guest on his programme an aged man. And he was a very rare old man indeed. His remarks were entirely unpremeditated and of course absolutely unrehearsed. They simply bubbled up out of a personality that was radiant and happy. And whenever he said anything, it was so naïve, so apt, that the audience roared with laughter. They loved him. The celebrity was impressed, and enjoyed it with the others. Finally he asked the old man why he was so happy. “You must have a wonderful secret of happiness,” he suggested. “No,” replied the old man, “I haven’t any great secret It’s just as plain as the nose on your face. When I get up in the morning,” he explained, “I have two choices—either to be happy or to be unhappy, and what do you think I do? I just choose to be happy, that’s all there is to it.” That may seem an over-simplification, and it may appear that the old man was superficial, but I recall that Abraham Lincoln, whom nobody could accuse of being superficial, said that people were just about as happy as they made up their minds to be. You can be unhappy if you want to be. It is the easiest thing in the world to accomplish.

Three Birds
The Bible says, “Rejoice in the Lord always”. That means: “Be happy all the time” That means no matter what comes our way, we can have smiles on our faces. We should get up each morning excited about that day. Even if we are facing difficult or negative circumstances, we need to learn to keep a positive outlook. Many people are waiting for their circumstances to be worked out before they decide to be happy. Happiness does not depend on your circumstances. It depends on your will. It’s a choice that you make. We see many times people go through some of the most awful unfortunate situations, yet at the time you would never know they were having problems. They always have a smile on their face and a good report on their lips. You have to believe that God is in control  and that means you have no need to be stressed out and worried. Moreover, you have to be grateful for what you have, rather than complaining about what you don’t have. A habit of happiness boils down to staying on the positive side of life.  Each day is full of surprise and inconveniences, so you must accept the fact that not everything goes always in your way.  Your plans are not always going to work out just as you scheduled them. When that happens, make a willful decision that you are not going to let the circumstances upset you. Don’t allow stress to steal your joy, Instead, be adaptable and adjustable and seek to   make the best of a bad situation. (Joel Osteen).

What is happiness? True happiness is that which is related to God. The yearning for bliss is the best proof of our holy nature. Man is bliss; he seeks bliss, and bliss is blessedness for him. Since God is bliss, happiness is union with God. Nothing else can award that joy which is unaffected by whatever happens or does not happen.

Never feel depressed when you are weighed down by difficulties. Difficulties are part and parcel of the lives of great devotees. God subjects His devotees to tests so that their faith in Him can be strengthened and their hearts purified. However, God will never impose suffering on you that you cannot bear. Difficulties are meant for cleansing the vessel of your heart. Do not be afraid of difficulties as they are like passing clouds; do not waver. Follow your heart, which is steady and unwavering.
                What so you want more than anything in the whole world?
Love?, Peace?, Health?, Pleasure?, Holiness?, Salvation?, Heaven?, Eternal Life?, God?

Is this what you really want? No, You want happiness!
Why do you want love? to be happy!
Why do you want peace? to be happy!
Why do you want health? to be happy!
Why do you want pleasure? to be happy!
Why do you want holiness?   To be happy!
Why do you want salvation? to be happy!
Why do you want heaven? to be happy!
Why do you want eternal life? to be happy!
Why do you want God? to be happy!
Happiness is just another word for holiness and God!
Happiness which is holiness.
happiness which is God.
What do you want more than anything in the whole world?

Few things to remember:

-- Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

-- Don't have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment. Forget issues of the past. Don't remind your partner with his/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness. 

-- No one is in charge of your happiness except you

-- Each day give something good to others

-- Forgive everyone for everything

-- Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6

-- Try to make at least three people smile each day

-- What other people think of you is none of your business

--  Do the right things

-- Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful

-- GOD heals everything

-- However good or bad a situation is, it will change

-- No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up

-- The best is yet to come

-- When you awake alive in the morning, thank GOD for it.

A Happy Day
Happiness makes for a  long life and makes it worth living. Enjoy yourself and be happy; don't worry all the time. Worry never did anybody any good and it has destroyed many people. It will make you old before your time. Jealousy and anger will shorten your life. A cheerful person with a good attitude will have a good appetite and enjoy his food. (Sirach 30:21)


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