“I have told you these things, so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete”- John 15:11
God created us in his own image and likeness, so that we can be happy and content as He is. We are called to celebrate life day by day- not just endure it, or simply grow older. We then become gifts to the world, especially to those whom we consider dear and near and many more that our lives will touch. There are seven ingredients for happiness: Faith, Love, Forgiveness, Gratefulness, Simplicity, Enjoyment and Living for Something.
Faith – deep and personal sense of God who cares, who never forgets us, for whom we matter and whose resources far outweigh our problems. Love – a sincere love for at least some people, a willingness to do good and a desire to help people. Forgiveness – towards those who hurt us and sincere efforts to let go of anger and bitterness. Gratitude – to God and to the many people who have loved us, helped us to reach where we are in life today and what we have become.Simplicity – the wisdom to keep life simple, to distinguish between needs and wants and the intelligence to shun the ‘rat race’. Enjoyment – of the simple pleasures of life: the presence of dear ones, a loving hug, the beauty of nature, music, sports, a home cooked meal, keeping physically fit through walks and manual work, yoga or other exercises.Purpose and Meaning – pursuing goals and tasks larger than self-interest, interest in larger common needs – peace, the neighborhood, eco-friendliness, social concerns especially concern for the poor.
I am proud of each member of the Indian Province as each one is gifted with one’s own uniqueness. Each one’s commitment and hard work is admirable and commendable. May we become happier people – real self givers sustained by faith and love, healed by forgiveness, nourished by gratitude, adorned with wisdom, able to enjoy the simple joys of life and committed to larger goals that give our lives meaning. May our passage through life leave a long and lovely flash of goodness and we become meteors of happiness lighting up a part of the sky. May our lives continue to be a CELEBRATION ! God’s abundant blessings upon each one !