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Happiness Is….


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What is happiness to you? It seems to me that the more people seek for happiness, the more discontented they are. I read somewhere that if we stopped trying to be happy, we would probably enjoy life more. Dr. Bob Jones Sr. is credited with saying, "Happiness is not found by looking for it. You stumble over happiness on the road to duty."

Recently I received an e-mail about a happiness kit. When I saw it, I knew immediately that I wanted to share it on my blog.

Employee Happiness Kits Now Available

NOTICE TO ALL EMPLOYEES:

All personnel will now be required to look happy while working. We will provide the supplies to each employee at no cost.

    Workloads getting to you?
    Feeling stressed?
    Too many priorities and assignments?
    Worried about pending layoffs?

Here is the new low-cost, company-approved solution to cope with multiple priorities and assignments.

Each employee will be supplied 2 paper clips and 2 rubber bands. (See Fig 1.)

Fig 1.

picture of kit supplies

Assemble items as shown in Fig 2.

Fig 2.

picture of supplies assembled

Apply as shown in Fig 3.

Fig 3.

kit in applied

Be sure to stop by the front desk to pick up your supplies. Enjoy your day. This new office equipment will help you to reach the end of a productive work day with a smile on your face! 😀

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Even though that may have brought a smile to your face, we all know that a fake smile on the face is not an indication of a happy heart. Here's a story about happiness.

A 92-year-old man, who was fully dressed, clean-shaven and hair perfectly coiffed moved to our nursing home today. His appearance was all the more remarkable when I considered that he is legally blind. His wife of 70 years had recently passed away, making the move necessary. After having to wait for a long time in the lobby, he smiled sweetly when I told him his room was ready.

As he maneuvered his walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of his tiny room, including the eyelet curtains that had been hung on his window.

"I love it," he stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy.

"But Mr. Smith, you haven't even seen the room yet – just wait."

"That doesn't have anything to do with it," he replied.

"Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not doesn't depend on how the furniture is arranged ... it's how I arrange my mind. I have already decided to love it.

"It's a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice – I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or I can get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do.

"We convince ourselves that life will be better after we finish school, get married, have a baby, then another....

"Then we are frustrated that the kids aren't old enough and say we'll be more content when they are. After that we're frustrated that we have teenagers to deal with; we'll certainly be happy when they are out of that stage.

"We tell ourselves that our life will be complete when our spouse gets his or her act together, when we get a nicer car, are we able to go on a nice vacation, or when we retire.

"The truth is, if you're not going to be happy now, then when? Your life will always be filled with challenges. It's best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy anyway.

"Happiness is the way, not the end. Treasure every moment that you have, and treasure it all the more if you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time with. And remember that time waits for no one, so don't you wait either!

"So, stop waiting....

until your car or home is paid off

until you get a new car or home

until your kids leave the house

until you go back to school

until you finish school

until you lose 10 lbs.

until you gain 10 lbs.

until you get married

until you have kids

until vacation

until you have grandkids

until you retire

until you die

"Young lady, there is no better time to be happy than right now. Happiness is a journey, not a destination."

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picture of Spot a tot button

This week is our annual Bible Conference on campus. The gang at Creative Services on campus is sponsoring a fund-raiser for the Bible Conference offering. They've come up with a collection of buttons they're selling. Oh my! 😳 You can check them out at http://wiiiju.com If you would like to watch any of the messages live via streaming video online, here's the link to that - Bible Conference 2009

Our grandson Drew is usually a happy little guy. He recently got to meet Curious George at Barnes & Noble. Drew enjoyed high-fiving George.

picture of Megan, Drew, and Curious George

Megan and a good friend took their boys to McDonald's recently for lunch. They thought they'd let them try out the play area for their first time. They are both still a little young and didn't attempt much climbing, but they enjoyed it in their own way.

picture of Drew and Joey on slide

It doesn't take much to make little ones happy, does it? Maybe it's because at that age their expectations are lower than they are later in life. What advice do you give to unhappy people?

quotation...

"Discontent is rooted in unbelief.... We bring God glory when we are content with what He is and does." - Dr. Jim Berg

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Rob

A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour. (My wife has asked me to remember this....) 😀


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11 Comments on “Happiness Is….”

  1. #1 Ann
    on Mar 23rd, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Rob,

    This year for Bible Conference, BJ is streaming live VIDEO of the sermons, so you can do more than just listen. It’s great.

  2. #2 Mrs. Troop
    on Mar 23rd, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    I’d love some of those kits for my kids! 🙂 At least when it’s time for chores.

    The “stop waiting for. . . to be happy” is great! I think I’m finally learning to enjoy every day. Even the hard ones. It goes so very quickly.

    Happy Monday!

  3. #3 Angela
    on Mar 23rd, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Man, I wish I could have seen Faculty Body! I still remember mine with fond hilarity – certain foreign language professors clogging their hearts out while the entire Amphitorium roars its amused approval. 😉 Sure would be nice to have such things preserved on video for posterity.

    I appreciated the Jim Berg quote too – I needed that one today. 🙂

  4. #4 Carrie
    on Mar 23rd, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    I love the happiness kit!!! That is just too funny. My 6 yo boy thinks the dentist could use one of those to work on people’s back teeth. :o) I loved Faculty Body too – the clogging was a favorite, and I loved the synchronized “swimming” too.

  5. #5 David McGuire
    on Mar 23rd, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    For years, people would say, “Be happy.” That used to bug me just a tad, and then that slogan soon morphed into, “Whatever makes you happy.” Happiness is just an emotional state of mind, and it can easily become something else.

    What we ought to strive for is contentment. That’s an attitude that must be cultivated; it’s not just some emotional high. During our lifetimes, we sometimes encounter situations that we have difficulty accepting. Perhaps God moves from one part of the country to another, or he changes our job or vocation, or he allows us to spend time in the hospital recuperating from some disease. That’s when contentment needs to kicks in, but frankly, it’s usually not easy.

    Indeed, we even find ourselves having to be content to leave something with which we are content. We need to accept the fact that God is in control, and He sees the “big picture,” the beginning from the end. I can do without so-called “happiness,” but I really like the idea of contentment.

  6. #6 Brian
    on Mar 23rd, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    In light of the Bible Conference message tonight, too bad the 10 spies didn’t have one of these happiness kits! I think we need to get a BoJonics Fan club going. You should open up a store on your blog and sell Club BoJonics T-shirts and other such items. I could think of a whole line of products that you could feature. How ’bout it?

  7. #7 Rob
    on Mar 24th, 2009 at 7:49 am

    Wow! I need to do some catch-up here!

    @Ann – Thanks for that tip on the fact that it’s streaming video, and not just audio. I’m going to update the blog post, even though I can’t change what went out in the e-mails. (the downside of the e-mail versions of my blog posts….) 🙂

    @Mrs. Troop – Good to hear from you, Karen! Yes, I remember some unhappy little faces in our house at chore time. I also like the admonition not to wait to be happy. It seems that we’re so eager to wish away our lives, thinking that whatever the next thing is will be happier than what we have now.

    @Angela – Yes, there are some pretty memorable moments in the Faculty Bodies. It seems that Phil and I get roped into some interesting scenarios. I’m amazed that you remember the clogging routine. There were 6 of us who did a 5-week crash course in clogging to get ready for that little number. I still have the shoes, but I believe they’ll stay in the closet … which was what I was hoping I could do as well.

    @Carrie – Glad you and your son enjoyed the happiness kits. 😀 I like his idea with the dentist. I was just there last week and had a hard time keeping my mouth open far enough. As far as the clogging is concerned, see my comments to Angela above this….

    @David – I agree with you, David, on contentment. I think that contentment and happiness are both a choice, and they seem to be closely related – perhaps even intertwined. Happiness is not just giddiness or the silliness of a pasted-on smile. It’s not a matter of doing whatever makes you happy, because that’s so fleeting and subject to change. It’s the inverse, being happy (contented) with what you’re doing. Do you agree?

    @Brian – I’m not sure those happiness kits could have helped those sorry spies. As far as the fan club is concerned, we’re looking forward to this thing fading into people’s memories. I’m sharing things about it on my blog only since that’s part of what’s happening in my life right now.

  8. #8 Michael
    on Mar 24th, 2009 at 9:01 am

    I’ll hopefully be getting an Abigail Murphy button in the not too distant future. And, I would also enjoy a “Talk Like a Bubba” button but there doesn’t appear to be one available.

    I think happiness is rooted in contentment and contentment is rooted in understanding that anything we have other than eternal damnation is far better than we deserve. Therefore, we should be happy in any situation.

  9. #9 Rob
    on Mar 24th, 2009 at 9:28 am

    @Michael – I hope you’ll get to buy an “I Love Abigail Murphy” button this week. They’re on sale at the check-out desks. On the website, there’s a way you can suggest button themes. Maybe you could suggest the Bubba idea. You’re spot on with your analysis of happiness, et al.

  10. #10 Colleen
    on Mar 24th, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    A favorite saying from childhood: Happiness isn’t doing what you like to do, it’s learning to like what you have to do! I always admired this positive outlook, but it’s only recently that I’ve realized it’s biblical. Godliness (doing what you have to do) with contentment (and liking it!) is great gain. 🙂

  11. #11 Rob
    on Mar 24th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    @Colleen – Great comment! We always told our kids as they were growing up that life is made up of a number of unenjoyable tasks that must be done, and we just need to learn to do them happily since we have to do them anyway.