“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy.’ They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” ― John Lennon
What a wonderful sentiment. When I grow up, I just want to be happy. Is that how you thought about life when you were little? Didn’t you have this vision of your life being something right out of a Norman Rockwell painting? Or maybe that was just me.
I have to admit, life hasn’t gone exactly as I planned it. I never dreamed I would outlive one of my children. I never imagined that I could feel so much pain. But, I never knew that I could feel such love, know so much joy, or find so many wonderful friends. In many ways, my life is even better than what I had hoped for. I am blessed, and for the most part, I am happy. After 50+ years, I think I am beginning to understand life.
So today, my friends, I simply pray that you are happy.
Sometimes we are so busy chasing happiness, we don’t see it right in front of us. Thank you for giving us love, and for being patient with us. Thank you for this life, and for the life that lies ahead of us when we are by your side.
It is in your holy name I pray,