A friend sent me an email with a humorous story about a donkey and a farmer. From it, I gleaned the following:
5 RULES FOR HAPPINESS
Free your heart from hatred - Forgive.
Free your mind from worries - Most
Live simply and appreciate what you have.
These are not particularly new or earth-shattering. But they did remind me of the simplicity of the Lord's plan for happiness.
I struggle with all of the above, especially the first. Forgiving is hard for me. It's darn hard. It does not come naturally and probably never will. As for the others, I have to work on them every day. I worry too much. I fail to appreciate what I have. I must always remember to give more and to expect less.
I guess these rules are like housework. No matter how much you do it (or follow thse rules), you still have to get up the next day and do it all over again.
This I know for sure: the rules for happiness are only another way of saying "Live the Lord's plan." If we do that, everything will be well. If we don't do it, nothing will ever be right.