Keep in Mind the Glorious Triumph

We face mistakes on a daily basis. Whether they’re big or small, they’re inevitable. We also have to face the mistakes of others and the effect that those mistakes may have on our lives. Why, then, are people who work hard to live virtuous lives still faced with difficulties? It is because sometimes we must be cut down if we want to continue to grow. Life cannot be simple and easy because we are working for something that is priceless, and something with so much worth cannot come cheap. It requires endurance through a sea of trials and challenges. The wonderful thing about these hard times is that, as John Bytheway stated, “from [them] we can grow and progress if we choose to.” And that is key. We must choose to. We can allow ourselves to be brought low and stay there, or we can look at it as simply a new point of view and then continue to move forward. Nothing in life is going to be easy, but that does not mean it will not be worth it and that we cannot have joy. You must look at every mistake as an opportunity to learn and every trial as being one step closer to your goal. Just remember the words said by Thomas Paine, “the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” I promise as you keep facing each mistake with your head up and the knowledge that you can only grow because of it, you will reach a most glorious triumph that will cause you to forget the pain it took to get there.

Yours truly,

Publius

The Road to Happiness

Peter of the Old Testament spoke that those that are happy are those who “suffer for righteous sake”, but why is this? We live in a world where anything that has to do with enduring or suffering is immediately seen as something that has nothing to do with happiness and should be avoided at all costs. However, Cicero agrees with Peter’s statement when he says that those who can be seen as happy are those who learn to sacrifice and endure. The question still remains as to why this is, though the answer is simple; people are happiest when they have a purpose. This is why it seems everyone is trying to be busy in some way, because it is their attempt to be “productive”, therefore making themselves happy. But just because you are busy does not guarantee you are happy. You must be busy doing the work you are meant to be doing. Everything has a purpose, including people, and those who have the most joy are those who recognize what their purpose and worth is and recognize the purpose and worth of the people and things around them. For example, many people place the most worth in money, but those who seem to have the biggest smiles are those who value family over cash. Obtaining that joy we all so greatly desire is a matter of finding what you are meant to accomplish and speedily working to accomplish it. Instead of filling our lives with things to make us busy, we need to fill our minds with things that will, as Cicero says, keep us busy while doing nothing. There is great virtue and joy that comes from earnestly striving to find that which you are meant to do and actually being willing to undertake whatever task is placed before you. If you are at a point when you are seeking for the happiness you seem to lack, I urge you to read wise words, study them out, and do whatever is necessary for you to find and accomplish the work that is set before you.

Yours truly,

Publius