Life sometimes takes many twists and turns and the way you envisioned it is not always the way things turn out to be. You cannot control the actions of others and often you may face disappointments. However the key is to never let the actions of others determine your happiness. You have this one live so live it to the fullest and make happiness be your main goal.
There was a bird who lived in the desert; very sick, no feathers, nothing to eat and drink, no shelter to live and kept on cursing his life day and night. One day, an Angel was crossing from that desert, bird stopped the Angel and inquired ” where are you going?” Angel replied ” I am going to meet God”. So bird asked angel ‘ please ask God when my suffering will come to an end?’ Angel said ” sure, I will” and bid goodbye to bird. Angel reached God’s place and shared the message of bird to Him.
Angel told Him how pathetic the condition of bird is and inquired when the suffering of the bird will end. God replied “For the next seven life times, the bird has to suffer like this, no happiness till then”. Angel said when bird hears this, he will get disheartened. Could You suggest any solution for this? God replied: Tell him to recite this mantra “Thank you God for everything.” Angel met the bird again and delivered the message of God to the bird.
After seven days, the Angel passed the same path again and saw that bird was so happy; feathers had grown on his body, a small plant grew up in the desert area, a small pond of water was also there, the bird was singing and dancing cheerfully. Angel was astonished as to how this happened, ‘God said for seven life times, there is no happiness for the bird’… with this question in mind, He went to visit God.
Angel asked his query then God replied: “Yes, it was written there will be no happiness for the bird for seven life times but because the bird was reciting the mantra “Thank you God for everything” in every situation. When bird fell down on the hot sand, it said “thank you God for everything”, when it could not fly it said “thank you God for everything”, so whatever the situation, the bird kept on repeating “Thank you God for everything” and therefore the seven life times’ karma got dissolved in seven days.”
There is a great lesson in this story for us to be thankful in spite of our situation. God will not allow us to suffer when we come before him with a grateful heart.
So often people try to equate wealth with happiness. Many have this unrealistic believe that if you are rich all your problems disappear. They fail to realize that rich or poor people have problems. Having money doesn’t mean that you won’t get ill. It doesn’t mean you are immune to drug addiction, heartbreak, betrayal or other ills that ordinary people struggle with in their lives.
One must always remember that rich or poor people are human with feelings and emotions. Rich people are likely to make mistakes like everyone else. Riches or celebrity status does not make anyone immune to life’s problems. We all have our struggles so we should never be envious and have lack empathy for others.
“No matter how far you seem to be from where you want to be in life, never stop trying and never stop believing that you are going to get there. The seasons are always changing, so if you are going through tough times your season of change is coming. Don’t give way to doubt. Think positive thoughts. God will not only fill your cup but He will let it overflow with blessings.”
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Life is not always fair. Things will not always go the way we expect them to. People will not always be there and we will experience disappointments along the journey. However we must always aim to attain the best for our lives and find the strength to rise above the things that were meant to hold us back.
Don’t be imprisoned by your own fears. Don’t allow yourself to be trapped in a world where you begin to feel that you don’t have the strength to stand on your own two feet and make the decisions for your life or charter the course for your happiness. Don’t allow fear to hold you a prisoner. Face your fears and conquer them.
You have to believe that you deserve the best from life. You have to believe that you are no less important than anyone else. You have to believe that nothing is worth sacrificing your happiness for. You have to believe that you can go on in spite of disappointments or even betrayals. You see you are strong and the strength within you make it possible for you to rise above that which was meant to pull you down.
I want us all to open up our eyes to the reality of the world in which we live and in particular the way we view others. I want you to consider the following scenario.
A very wealthy and generous man is going on a luxury cruise. He has invited some of the most well know celebrities and some of the most prominent pastors who heads well established ministries to go along with him. Before the ship sails he realizes there is still a lot of space and so he invites some homeless people from off the street. You are also invited.
Now each group of people is seated in separate sections but you can sit anywhere. Where would you choose to sit? I am taking a guess that that you would want to be with the celebrities or with the prominent pastors and sadly I must confess that I would probably choose either of these two groups too because let’s face it who wants to sit with a bunch of homeless smelly, people.
However let’s say out of nowhere there is a strong turbulence and you are thrown overboard, of the three groups who do you think will be the quickest to jump overboard to save your life. Do you think the celebrity will risk his life to save the life of someone who to them is nobody? Do you think that pastor with his mega-million ministry will shed his jacket and jump overboard to save you?
Sometimes it is the ones we overlook and disregard, the ones whose plight we pretend not to see, the ones we turn our nose up at and look upon with scorn, yes sometimes they are the very ones who will risk their lives to save ours.
You life, your story, your memories…Keeping a journal is one way to record those precious moments as you journey through life.