Greatness lies not in struggling hard to make
impression nor in trying desperately to be
somebody but in humility, by inspiring,
encouraging and helping others to be happy and
successful. Here's a message from Pope Francis,
a great inspiration.
You can have defects, be anxious and live
irritated sometimes, but do not forget that your
life is the biggest company in the world. Only
you can prevent her from going into decline.
There are many who appreciate you, admire you
and love you. I would like you to remember that
to be happy, is not to have a sky without
storms, road without accidents, works without
fatigue, relationships without disappointments.
To be happy is to find strength in forgiveness,
hope in battles, security in the box of fear,
love in disagreements. Being happy is not only
valuing the smile, but also reflecting on
sadness. It is not just to commemorate success,
but to learn lessons in failures. It is not just
to have joy with applause, but to have joy in
To be happy is to recognize that life is worth
living, despite all the challenges,
misunderstandings, and periods of crisis. Being
happy is not a fatality of destiny, but a
conquest for those who know how to travel within
their own being.
To be happy is to stop being a victim of
problems and become an actor in one's own
history or keep complaining. It is to cross
deserts out of itself, but to be able to find an
oasis in the recesses of our soul. It is to
thank God every morning for the miracle of life.
Being happy is not being afraid of your own
feelings. It is knowing how to talk about
yourself. It is courage to hear a "no". It is
safe to receive criticism, even if it is unfair.
It is to kiss the children, to pamper parents,
to have poetic moments with friends, even if
they hurt us.
To be happy is to let the free, happy and simple
creature live within each one of us. It is to
have maturity to say 'I was wrong'. It is to
have the audacity to say 'forgive me'. It is to
have sensitivity to express 'I need you'. It is
to be able to say 'I love you'. May your life
become a garden of opportunity to be happy ...
May you be joyous in your spring. In your winter
you are friend of wisdom. And when you get in
the way, start all over again. Then you will be
more passionate about life. And you will
discover that to be happy is not to have a
perfect life. But use tears to water the
tolerance. Use the losses to refine the
Use flaws to sculpt serenity. Use pain lapping
pleasure. Use obstacles to open the windows of
intelligence. Never give up .... Never give up
on the people you love. Never give up being
happy, because life is a must-see! - Pope
By Tim Pedrosa
most intense joy lies not in the having but in the desire. The delight
that never fades, the bliss that is eternal, is only yours when what you
most desire is just out of reach. -Shadowlands