“Join the great company of those who make the barren places of life fruitful with kindness. Carry a vision of heaven in your hearts, and you shall make your name, your college, the world, correspond to that vision. Your success and happiness lie within you. External conditions are the accidents of life, its outer wrappings. The great, enduring realities are love and service. Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulty.” – Helen Keller
Here we are presented with yet another message that our happiness in life is in our power, it is within our grasp–namely, “our success and happiness lie within us.” Helen’s message is similar to so many other messages that tell us to seek happiness within ourselves through service, love, and compassion to others. Of course, this puts the ball in our court–the way we approach the world determines whether or not we are happy or not, whether or not we are successful.
One of the unique messages I am given here is that my happiness is not a result of the “accidents of life,” but rather, of the “vision of heaven” that I carry within my heart. I love this thought, for it empowers me with the ability to carry my own perfect heaven with me wherever I go and to allow that vision to flourish right here in the world around me. How wonderful would it be if I could realize a bit of heaven right now?
Life mirrors back to us what we put into it. If I harbor negative feelings or have a negative attitude in life, I will find the world around me to be very negative. If I fill my life with joy, however, and serve others with love and compassion, I will surely be surrounded with love, compassion, and joy.
Add to the fruit of the Earth with kindness and love. Think of each day as tending to your garden–if you do not plant, water, and nurture it, it will become barren and colorless. If, however, you do tend to it as a caring gardener would, it will be full of life, color, and radiant activity.
Add to the positive in the world today–if you catch yourself being negative, stop yourself.
Questions to consider:
What do you give to the world? What does the world give back to you?
How can you incorporate Helen’s advice into your life?
What effect could this have on your life?
For further thought:
“Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story. Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love – for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment is it perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you from misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.” – Max Ehrmann