H is for Happiness

“I am in desperate need of help — or I’ll go crazy. We’re living in a single room — my wife, my children and my in-laws. So our nerves are on edge, we yell and scream at one another. The room is a hell.”

“Do you promise to do whatever I tell you?” said the Master gravely.

“I swear I shall do anything.”

“Very well. How many animals do you have?”

“A cow, a goat and six chickens.”

“Take them all into the room with you. Then come back after a week.”

The disciple was appalled. But he had promised to obey! So he took the animals in. A week later he came back, a pitiable figure, moaning, “I’m a nervous wreck. The dirt! The stench! The noise! We’re all on the verge of madness!”

“Go back,” said the Master, “and put the animals out.”

The man ran all the way home. And came back the following day, his eyes sparkling with joy. “How sweet life is! The animals are out. The home is a Paradise, so quiet and clean and roomy!”

— Anthony de Mello, SJ, One Minute Wisdom

Happiness depends upon ourselves.
–Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC)

I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
— Jesus in John 10:10b

Whoever possesses God is happy.
— St. Augustine (354-430)

Happiness is when
what you think,
what you say, and
what you do
are in harmony.
–Mahatma Gandhi (1869 – 1948)

The reason people find it
so hard to be happy is that they always see
the past better than it was,
the present worse than it is, and
the future less resolved than it will be”
–Marcel Pagnol (1895-1974)

[Funny Times is a humor magazine with cartoons and columnists that make you laugh, moan, scream and cry. They are kind enough to allow me to reprint the occasional cartoon.  Of course, humor — like beauty — is often in the eye or ear of the beholder.  http://www.funnytimes.com]

http://www.amazon.com/One-Minute-Wisdom-Anthony-Mello/dp/0385242905/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1321031874&sr=8-1

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About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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