I watched Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, announcing her candidacy for the presidency of the United States…and she looked happy…in a snowstorm!
As the snow covered her hair and the hair of the large, hearty and resolute, audience that were listening to her, I felt inspired!
Indeed, the inclement weather was not controlling the happiness level of the candidate or the crowd!
It has been raining, off and on here, for months…but I am happy!
Happiness comes from within!
Often, when my ideas were unaccepted in the workplace or my fight for those who had no voice seemed doomed to failure…I was happy…that I had stood firm in my convictions.
One of he greatest chancellors of SIUC was, unjustly, terminated, and I was threatened and cajoled and marginalized…and I was happy…because I stood up for her and…against the wrong that had been wrought by the president of the university and the Board of Trustees!
I believe that every human being on this Earth is important…and that they can not be segregated by their color or their religion or their ethnicity or their countries location…and I am happy!
I love Southern Illinois…and I love the people of Southern Illinois…and I love them when they disagree with me…and I am happy!
I learned, many years ago, to keep my own counsel…and to, ‘thine own-self be true’, and I discovered not to seek the praise of others…but the peace of a satisfied mind…and I am happy!
Happiness is not a geographical location but a nirvana of the soul!
Happiness is a truce or a pact with your surroundings.
‘God give me the serenity to accept the things that I can not change,
The courage to change the things that I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.’ Reinhold Nebuhr
Happiness is not family approval.
Happiness is not being a part of the club…or the group…or the social clique in school….or the faith assembly…or the accepted normal…of society!
Happiness is being real!
Happiness is being true to what you believe!
Happiness is being true to yourself!
Happiness is being genuine!
All to often we seek the approval or praise of others, who may not believe the truths that we believe and who may not come from our life experiences!
This is an exercise in futility!
It has been said that I would rather be a live dog than a dead lion…but…how about being a live lion…that sings your own song and speaks your own truth…and is true to the unique person that you are?