Hello guys, it’s been quite some time…ikr…within this expanse of time i’ve been away as usual i’ve been observing life and as usual ive made some discoveries i believe are worth sharing.
Today’s discoveries are all linked to happiness. I remember some months back i saw a picture and the picture had a quote saying, “True friendship goes beyond money”. I was intrigued when i say that quote and it is of-course another way of saying a Friend in need is a friend indeed. I really wish i could see the picture but the picture depicted 3 boys practically dressed in rags hugging each other and laughing. I made a comparative of that picture to me and my mates when we go to “CHILL” that Joy i saw on those lads face wasn’t there so my first lesson is
#Principle 1 – The secret of happiness dosen’t lie in Money
Today, Just some hours ago on my favourite social network Twitter i saw a post saying ‘and somebody says African children don’t smile’, attached to the tweet were some pictures. When i saw them i couldn’t help but re tweet. There in one of the pictures was a little boy holding a cabbage and smiling with the most intense dimples I’ve seen (minus those in my last principle). Since morning whenever i see that picture i blush and try to imagine my misplaced dimple. My lesson from that picture is
#Principle 2 – True happiness lies in contentment
Thirdly, i was on twitter again and i saw a picture captioned this picture deserves endless re tweets. In the picture was one of the released Chibok Girls…this dimple i saw I’m still trying to search my brain for a contender. When i saw her joy, i was shocked. This girl spent approximately 2 years 6 months in captivity away from her family and she could still smile. She hadn’t become cold but she was smiling with joy in her heart. You know there’s that forced smile and that smile that can only come from within. Her heart hadn’t grown cold. In fact when i saw the picture a crazy thought popped up …in my mind i was like so Boko Haram released the fine girls first daft! This is hypocritical but i wont be shocked if she received special treatment from her captors because of her ever glow smile..So my lesson here is
#Principle 3 – True joy and happiness dosen’t lie in having things and complete freedom…it lies in smiling through any situation
Fourth, an avid observer I’ve seen many a people unhappy. And this unhappiness breaks my heart for the wrong reason. So many times we hold on to things that don’t work out. We hold on to the wounds of yesterday. You trust God for a job opportunity seriously and its given to someone else…or u write a proposal and somebody steals it. What we should do is commit it to prayer and move on but we hold on we refuse to let go. In the Pure Flix Movie Do you believe? an old couple i cant recall their names were constantly depressed since their daughter died and in fact they didn’t clear out her room. One day the old man cleared it out because it had become their ‘personal museum’ it had sapped them of the joy of their remaining days so what I’m saying in essence is don’t let the past hold u back move on.
#Principle 4 – The secret of life is letting it go
Lastly, Charles Spurgeon crowns my observations with his quote…”It is not how much we, have but how much we enjoy that makes happiness”. This is correlated to all the principles but this one has a special aura to it. You can be rich, you can be poor, you can be a church rat, but what matters is how much you enjoy what you have. Its really ironic how we see very rich families in society broken and unhappy with one another but by our standards they have what it takes to be ‘happy’ and down the street there’s that family of 5 inside a 2 room apartment…but the joy they have is something else. You see rich people in relationships always having problems and you see the girl who follows him to eat amala at mama Putt truly happy. I had to write this post because our mindset is becoming wrong. Happiness is not materially satiable it lays in simple contentment. It lies in enjoying what you have. If you’re rich, Fine! enjoy it but if you’re poor enjoy it. God didn’t create us to be sad he created us to be happy. This last picture depicts happiness and joy again in the midst of crazy circumstances. This girl still liked him even though he had nothing to offer her materially.
SO GO OUT BE JOYOUS AND BE HAPPY