Sunday, August 17, 2014

Day 3: 100 Happiest Days

Dear Journal, 
  Today I found another reason to be happy. Today I am happy to have a roof over my head. I am happy to have a warm place to sleep, and to live. I think there are many times in life that we take for granted the things that we have, the little knicks and knacks that we use in our homes daily, that others may not have the great fortune of having. I am always reminded of these things when I watch one of my favorite films: The Blind Side. The true story of a boy who had lost everything, and the woman who had the courage to give him everything she had; most importantly her love. There are many moments in life that knock us down flat, that attack us from our blind side. But it is imperative to remember that hope is not lost; tomorrow is another day, and it is worth fighting for. 

  Courage. I am also grateful for the moments that require the most courage. Quoted again from my favorite film, Michael Oher said: 

"Courage is a hard thing to figure. You can have courage based on a dumb idea or mistake, but you're not supposed to question adults, or your coach or your teacher, because they make the rules. Maybe they know best, but maybe they don't. It all depends on who you are, where you come from. Didn't at least one of the six hundred guys think about giving up, and joining with the other side? I mean, valley of death that's pretty salty stuff. That's why courage it's tricky. Should you always do what others tell you to do? Sometimes you might not even know why you're doing something. I mean any fool can have courage. But honor, that's the real reason for you either do something or you don't. It's who you are and maybe who you want to be. If you die trying for something important, then you have both honor and courage, and that's pretty good. I think that's what the writer was saying, that you should hope for courage and try for honor. And maybe even pray that the people telling you what to do have some, too."

Happiness is having gratitude for the simplest of things in life. Happiness is daring to have courage and honor when it matters most. Thank you for inspiring me, Michael. 

Finding joy in the Journey, 



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