THE SECRET OF HAPPINESS!
I read a story earlier this week, which I learnt from and thought to share with you
Once, a young man wanted to learn about the secret of happiness from the wisest man on the earth. The lad wandered through the desert, mountains, and plains to find the wisest man in the land. He finally reached a beautiful castle in the high, atop a mountain where a very wise man was said to reside.
The wise man listened attentively to the young man’s curiosity to know about the secret of happiness. The wise man replied that he didn’t have time to explain the secret of happiness at that moment but, he suggested the young man have a look around his castle and its beauty and uniqueness and return in two hours. He also assigned a task to the man. He handed over a teaspoon to the man which had two drops of oil. The wise man said to the young lad ” As you wander around, carry this spoon with you without allowing the oil to spill.”
The young man began climbing and descending the many stairways of the palace, keeping his eyes fixed on the spoon. After two hours, he returned to the room where the wise man was.”Well,” asked the wise man, “Did you see the Persian embroideries that are hanging in my dining hall? Did you see the garden that it took the master gardener ten years to create? Did you notice the beautiful parchments in the library?” The boy was embarrassed and confessed that he had observed nothing. His only concern had been to not spill the oil that the wise man entrusted to him
“Then go back and observe the marvels of my world, “said the wise man.”You cannot trust a man if you know nothing about that man and his surroundings.”Relieved, the boy picked up the spoon and returned to his exploration of the palace, this time more conscious about the surroundings and observing all of the works of art on the ceilings and the walls. He saw the gardens, the mountains all around him, the beauty of the flowers, and the taste with which everything had been selected. Upon returning to the wise man, he explained in detail everything he had seen.”But where are the drops of oil I entrusted to you?” asked the wise man. Looking down the spoon he held, the boy saw that the oil was gone.”Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you, “said the wisest man. “The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world, and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon.”
Just as the wise man stated above, there are things around you and with you that you need to be conscious of, so you can appreciate them.
God’s word says
‘I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.’ Psalm 139:14
God has already put in you as well as around you, things to celebrate, value and appreciate. Take time out to thank God for them all. Appreciating your God and His wonderful works in your life and around you is the true secret of happiness – so enjoy the life God has blessed you with.
God is on your side!