Don’t be shocked but I just realized that not everyone has a happy home.
Call me naive’ but I expect the best in everyone and I assumed that everyone is happy for the most part.
Brian and I love the following quote-
But more recently than ever, I have come face to face with dozens of people living day to day lives…..essentially unhappy! Each person that I have met with has serious, deep down problems that seemed almost insolvable.
What contributes to this?
Trials? Lack of money? Abuse? Bad marriages? Guidance and direction? Bad luck? Death? Job and education woes?
Or maybe it is all of the above and more?
I came home from one recent meeting with a women who had a slew of problems, the shame and guilt I personally felt for being so happy was almost unbearable.
And it is not like I don’t get it!
I have been in countries where people have virtually nothing and have a high level of happiness. I mean, these are places that we can’t dream of in America.
And in America, I have walked the streets and served in one of the toughest areas of Los Angeles on Skid Row where life reaches an all time low.
Sometimes it easy to turn our backs on those that are suffering. Why bother? Is a question we might ask ourselves….
Human suffering is real, it is profound, it is life changing. There is adversity on every level for you, me and those who surround us.
Remember these shots I took last year on skid row in real time. You don’t have to go there to view it, it is right in your own neighborhoods to some degree.
(My thought at the time and still remains….not one of us….has it as bad as those on skid-row.)
How we choose to deal with adversity is a completely different story.
Are we optimistic, forgiving, charitable and kind?
For me consumption is a big factor, In fact, I definitely believe that less is more on every level.
Do we complicate our lives by adding more of whatever it is that is bringing us down?
I don’t know! I try not to judge!
I am happy that I was taught the great plan of happiness in my home and the secrets to dealing with adversity and trial.
I sometimes think I am riding a huge wave…..perhaps my day is coming? I don’t know!
More than ever, I am so grateful that I came from a stable home and so did Brian,
I am grateful for two families that were genuinely happy and loved each other.
I am grateful these principles were taught in my home.
But what about those who suffer….?
Print Credits: From a fantastic blog and mother of 9 Allison Kimball