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SOUL ISSUES: “Happy for a Lifetime” 

If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. 

If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. 

If you want happiness for a month, get married. 

If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. 

If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.

~Chinese saying

Rev Liz Petipren

Reverend Liz Petipren                                              


I knew an associate who, at one time was unemployed and psychologically stressed. Being is this situation she felt that something else was missing in her world besides earning an income. 

She tried various therapies and seminars, which helped somewhat, but she confessed, she still needed something more to feed her soul. 

After sometime I saw her again and she was glowing. “What have you been up to?” I asked her. 

“Well, I did find another position that fits me well, but more important, I have been going to the city hospital once a week to cuddle the babies of mothers with AIDS,” she explained. “I find the experience utterly fulfilling, and I know this is the kind of activity my spirit has been craving.” 

Taking good care of yourself is important, yet life is incomplete unless you find some avenue through which to serve others. There is a reward in helping someone else that runs far deeper than simply helping yourself in earning a living. 

I have noticed this principle when I have occasionally taken time off from my serving position as a spiritual leader. At first I feel relieved and glad to have more free time. After a while, however, I become too self-involved, thinking about my personal world to an unhealthy degree.  

When I get back into my schedule, I feel uplifted and rewarded to support others to improve their lives. I have learned that I need to give help as much as others need to receive it. 

If you are successful in business, well provided for, or simply bored and frustrated with your life, reaching out to lend a helping hand may be your next fulfilling step. There is just something about helping someone else that is very “Holy.” 

Affirmation: “I find deep joy in helping others their happiness becomes my happiness.” 

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