If you are writing a treatise to complete your Master of Arts, would you write on “Happiness”?
While I was working on the “Concept of Perfect Man in Mencius Confucianism in comparison with Al-Ghazali’s Sufism”, one of my classmates actually wrote on “Happiness in Janism.”
Happiness. I remember I borrowed his work out of curiosity about his philosophical and religious approach towards happiness. I was not sure whether I got anything out of the treatise.
Years later, I learnt something profoundly useful from a single mom in Raleigh. “Happiness is a choice,” she shared. She trusted in God to mend her broken heart from even though she had to deal with the mess her ex-husband left her after his dismissal of her. She decided to raise happy children with self-determined happy attitude, and with the ever-renewing grace of God. She chose to feel happy even through days that were difficult for her. She chose to be contented with whatever she got, and was confident that God shall never cease to be her Strong Tower.
Recently, I relearned the same profound life philosophy from my dad.
Mom was so ill in Malaysia, but dad did not say a word when he came to the States for our wedding. In fact, he contributed much joy and fond memories to our group tours and preparation for the wedding. It was not until two days after the wedding that dad finally broke the news that mom’s situation was still monitored by the Malaysian hospital at that moment.
Dad didn’t want us to be distressed by mom’s health situation while preparing for the wedding. He kept all the hospital arrangements to himself, and prayed for God’s mercy on mom daily. While keeping him emotional burdens between God and himself, dad made himself an object of laughter, and created topics of joy for everybody.
That’s my dad, the man my mom married, whom mom once commented, “He’s always been remembered for his jokes and laughter.”
Is happiness your lifestyle?
May you have a strong mind, and a happy day to set out with God everyday. Blessings.
“For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.” – Isaiah 55:12
Resource: Frank Minirth’s book, “Happiness is a Lifestyle.“