Hey, guys, I hope last week was great! I had such an adventure, a story for another day.
So, what makes you happy? Money? People? Position?
Anyways, I got this from Robert Kiyosaki (I listen to him a lot, he is kinda my economic adviser) and here is what he said. You don’t need money to be happy (well that ship has already sailed) because we have both rich and poor unhappy people. But he says you need happiness to make money. Wow! This has been in a couple or more of the emails he sends to all of us on the rich dad poor dad platform (of course I get the emails because am registered there too, you never get enough money counselors). He even went on to send us a free eBook about a list of things he does daily to keep himself happy.
You can say that is for him but how about you?
For me, well, I will let myself be the case study today while I attempt to answer the question. You see, a lot of people go about with a lot of baggage that weighs down their spirit that no matter what good thing happens, be it money or love, they just cannot remain happy for long. Am a very good example though I have been working on it. I will allow myself to be open about this for the purpose of answering for myself, besides it is good too to talk about it, gives it less power.
Now, we have so much pain buried underneath that there is no space at all for happiness to be sustainable. Past hurts, past rejections, past pains, past losses, past mistakes, present mistakes and a whole lot of other pasts and presents. Anyway, we get easily discouraged because we have been hurt before. We do not trust any good tidings because we do not know when they become bad news. We lose faith easily and give up way too early.
For me, here is what has been the source of lasting happiness. Again, remember I am the case study, feel free to answer yours below in the comment section or send me a message. It is contained in the simple words of Paul the apostle in Romans 8:28. It says, “and we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose”.
You see from my experience, my happiness doesn’t rest on things or people because they both come and go like a breath but on the truth that all things work together for my good because I have been called according to His purpose and because I love Him.
I have put this to the test a number of times and seen it true. From my boss sending me out on an annoying errand that ends up bringing me a favour to a bad day that helps me get certain things in perspective. But don’t take my word for it. I will give you a biblical story. Remember David in the Bible, the Psalmist. When he was running from Absalom, he met a man called Shimei of the house of Saul who kept on cursing and calling David all sort of names on the road because David had been forced to run for his life from his own son. See 2 Samuel 16.
However this was David’s response, “And David said to Abishai, and to all his servants, Behold, my son, which came forth of my bowels, seeketh my life: how much more now may this Benjamite do it? let him alone, and let him curse; for the LORD hath bidden him. It may be that the LORD will look on mine affliction and that the LORD will requite me good for his cursing this day”.
David saw a good that could come out of Shimei’s cursing, that God could recompense him good for the evil of Shimei’s cursing.
When I have a bad day, when people reject me, when I go through a tough time, I remind myself of this knowing that all things, the good, the bad and the ugly are working out a good for me. So even in the face of adversity, I smile knowing that it is working out a good in and for me. This keeps me truly happy and for long.
Here is what I will end with, being happy, they say, is a choice, so choose to be happy this week and find out how to keep it lasting.