SOUL ISSUES: “Happy for a
If you want happiness for an hour, take a
If you want happiness for a day, go
If you want happiness for a month, get
If you want happiness for a year, inherit a
If you want happiness for a lifetime, help
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
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
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
Affirmation: “I find deep joy in helping
others their happiness becomes my happiness.”