Everybody has the freedom of choices to act or to react to anything and everything that happens in daily life and living. But that "freedom" may come with a bondage to many problems while growing up, becoming an adult, and turning into a senior.
LIVING BY FAITH IS LIVING IN MIRACLES
Living by faith is living in miracles. Find out how and why.
Thursday, November 16, 2023
Take a Role Model and Be Happy
Ann Russell Miller was a celebrated socialite
from San Francisco,
also known as Sister Mary Joseph. She, who had ten children and nineteen
grandchildren, had grown up in luxury and privilege, and had been living a life
of incredible wealth. Instead of shopping at Saks Fifth Avenue, and decorating herself
with jewelry from Tiffany, she suddenly and surprisingly decided to give up
everything, and became a nun devoted to living in poverty for the rest of her
That unbelievable event happened more than two decades
ago, and was then widely reported in the media across the country. Why did she
make such a drastic and incredible change in her life? She said she had a
calling, a true vocation that was hard to understand for the general
public, even for the close members of her family.
Ann Russell Miller just wanted to live a simple
lifestyle, deleting all the trimmings of life and living, as well as all the
attachments that she wanted to let go ot.
Do you have a lot of attachments to the material world you
are living in right now? Take a look at your garage and basement. If they are
packed full and loaded with many disposables, then probably you still have many
attachments you are unwilling to let go of. Attachments are clutters that bring
memories you are unwilling to let go of—memories that are reminiscent of your
If you wish to be happy, just live a simple lifestyle.
Epicurus, the famous Greek philosopher,
had this advice on how to lead a happy life: avoiding luxuries, and living
simply. The explanation is that luxurious living may make you into a “needy”
person whose happiness always depends on things that are impermanent and easily
lost. When they are lost —because nothing is permanent—you naturally become
unhappy and even depressed. THE HAPPINESS WISDOM MY WAY! NO WAY! TAO IS THE WAY!