I Choose Happiness
This week we had the opportunity to find out what it means to be Made for Happiness. God gave us the free will to think our way in or out of any situation. William Shakespeare once said “Things are neither good nor bad but thinking makes it so.” If this is our philosophy, then every situation can bring us closer to God. If that is how we think about it. Knowing that you have every opportunity to make the choice to be happy is part of God’s plan. The little decisions we make every day, the milestones we cross, the people we raise up, the words we choose; can all bring us closer to God. When we listen to the Gospel during Mass, we cross our mind, our lips and our heart. Everything we think, everything we say and everything we feel. When we listen and act this way, we can really be open to God’s perfect love.
The virtue that always makes me think about happiness is Acceptance. Acceptance is not to be confused with approval. When we trust and accept, it means we do not doubt our circumstances. That old “everything happens for a reason,” and we are supposed to think our way into a better situation for ourselves. We do not run away or continually search. We handle it with grace. This can be very difficult. People will disappoint you and mistakes can become huge problems that are very scary to tackle. But we are never alone. It is amazing to see the help that is given through the Holy Spirit when we stay strong and prayerful. We must remember to be grateful. Not just for the gifts and the good times but for the constant opportunity to struggle and to be challenged. Through the challenges, we break down and then grow; so we can become stronger of spirit. It is the acceptance that we will always be given a path to the light. That we will always have the power to pray and we will never be alone. Life is good. It is more than good, it is beautiful and that makes me happy.
Anne Atkin, Principal