Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.
Good morning, friends! I hope this rainy Monday is not getting you down, as the song once said. The sun will shine again, I promise!
I wonder how Anne Frank felt about Mondays during her house imprisonment from June 12, 1942 to August 1, 1944. Surely you remember Anne, the young girl of the Holocaust, hiding with her family in some hidden rooms in a building in Amsterdam during the Nazi occupation? What difference is Monday when you are trapped in a home, fearing death? What difference is a rainy day? What difference is any day? We ought to marvel at her optimism in this quote, that she could find happiness in the middle of her most unhappy life. Last night, while my wife and I renewed our walking regimen for the year we headed up through the nicer neighborhood connected to ours. The homes are bigger; the cars are nicer; the yards are neater. Being one to talk to anyone, I spied a middle aged man in his yard and greeted him. Somehow in the moments it took to pass his home the rainy weather for today was noted and the gentleman blurted out a crude statement on the course of the weather for the past year here in Winston Salem. The look on his face equaled the show of misery. Apparently all life is not happy in the neighborhood. Happiness is no trivial thing. No doctor can prescribe a pill for it, nor can a learned person offer universal platitudes about it. It is, as I understand it, a desire and reflection of the heart. It is, without question, a choice. Circumstances may challenge us, and outlooks may seem defeating, but happiness is real for all persons who seek it. Just ask Anne. How are you seeking happiness today? What brings you joy? What will it take to lift your eyes above the moment to see the beauty all around you? I'll bet there's beauty all within you, too, if you make the effort to find it. Get busy seeking happiness. I know you'll find it, Anne did! Have a great week.