I’m sure you’ve heard the term “Happy Warrior“, correct?
But as our country continues to endure a seemingly endless deluge of scandal mania pouring forth from the White House, I’ll admit that I can become somewhat despondent regarding our chances for turning this around. Far too often, I become too focused on the ‘warrior‘ part, …and allow the ‘happy‘ to fall by the wayside.
When that happens, I desperately need to force myself to focus on what’s TRULY essential in my life: my family, friends, faith, health, career, home and the bountiful blessings which God has granted me.
It’s the old “Take Time To Smell The Roses” theory, and let’s be honest: we all forget it from time to time. Nowadays, it is far too easy to become wrapped up in the more worrisome aspects of our lives.
That’s not to say I’m suggesting we all just close our eyes, mindlessly ignore our surroundings and retreat from the world. Rather, that we need (and when I say “we”, I’m really saying “I”) to cling ever tighter to our blessings: cherishing them and appreciating them all the more, in spite of the very real dangers which surround us.
Bill Whittle offers up a similar message in his most recent ‘Afterburner’ segment (below), asking us to be Happy Warriors. Is it our duty, as Bill suggests? Are we letting down those who have sacrificed everything in order for us to have a chance to be happy?
Yeah, ..it is, and we are. Or at the very least, I sure am.
So today, I promise to be of good cheer. I vow to embrace the challenges set before me, with my arms wrapped tight around my blessings of family, fortune (such as it is), and faith.
Being Happy Warriors doesn’t make us any less determined to be victorious in this battle for the soul of our nation. On the contrary: it reminds us of why we WILL be victorious.
And in so many ways, how we already are.
John 16:33 – These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
I agree, getting to base values helps. Well, just one solution is pick up the Bible and read the first few chapters of Ecclesiastes. I know you will recognize the depressed, realist view there.(and remember this was the Old Testament) And skip to the last chapter or two. That ought to remind someone to appreciate this life for the opportunities and blessings God graced us with, regardless of the circumstances surrounding us. But yea, family, friends and values are a big part of it. We lose that and we lost the game.
Wonderful comment, BR, and an excellent suggestion.
And you’re right: we can’t lose sight of WHY we are trying so hard to right this sinking ship: it’s not simply to save our own skin, or just because we want to “beat” someone else.
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