Today I am sharing something with you that was given to me quite some time ago by B. Michael Stuppy, consultant and workshop leader. I’m sure you have all experienced finding something in a file that you hadn’t thought of for years and had the pleasure of an “Aha Moment” — these words touched me once again and need no embellishment or revision from me. Enjoy!
For a happy life three things are necessary:
Something to Hope for
Something to Do
Someone to Love
SOMETHING TO HOPE FOR
Alexander the Great, in a mood of generosity, was once handing out gifts. To one he gave a great fortune, to another a province, to another a position of high honor. A friend said to him, “By doing this you will have nothing for yourself.” “Oh yes I have,” said Alexander. “I have kept what is greatest of all, I have kept my hopes.”
The beginning of the end of life is when we live in memory rather that hope; when our memories are an escape from prison rather than a stimulus to further living.
SOMETHING TO DO
James Agate tells of the terminal illness of an old charwoman. She wrote the following when she knew death was near:
“Don’t pity me now.
Don’t pity me never.
I’m going to do nothing
For ever and ever.”
Anyone who can look back to days of unemployment or a time of enforced inactivity when the hours seemed slow and empty knows that work is not a curse but a blessing.
SOMEONE TO LOVE
Browning writes: “He looked at her; she looked at him; suddenly life awoke.”
When love enters life, there comes a new thrill; a new humility; a new awareness of possibilities undreamed of. When love is born, life and the world are renewed.
How great is the blessing of someone to love!
~ From Daily Celebrations by William Barclay