lessons to learn

It is often that I find myself dozing off during Saturday Novena or thinking of something else unrelated to church. Today however I was not distracted and could find the energy to pay attention.

I find that it is always the same things that I hear every time. As common as these lessons are, the fact that it has been reiterated time and time again only serves to emphasise their importance.

The nun was reading from an article written by a priest (or some holy man) but no matter.

How to be happy:
1) Look at/treat all of life’s complexities with empathy

“Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant with the weak and wrong. Sometime in your life, you will have been all of these.”

2) Don’t give back hatred, jealousy, hurt etc in kind

Instead, learn to be a ‘water purifier’. Find it within yourself to take all of the bad things and turn it into something good.

3) Let suffering soften your heart, not harden it

Through suffering only are we able to learn and find the strength within us that will pull us through. Treat it as a lesson that will enable you to become a better and stronger person.

“For without pain how could we know joy?”

4) Forgive

If we cannot forgive ourselves or other people we cannot move on. If we are constantly angry, we will never forgive and be at peace.

“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”

5) Be grateful

Be grateful for all the things that are to come and for what you have now.

“Be thankful for your allotment in an imperfect world.  Though better circumstances can be imagined, far worse are nearer misses than you probably care to realize.”

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