Saturday, October 23, 2010

The Purpose of Life & How to achieve Happiness for Scenic Spiritual Sunday


The purpose of life: For me the purpose of life is to be happy.

How to achieve happiness: For me the journey from selfish to selfless is the road I trudge in seeking happiness.


I have found; the more I care for the happiness of others, the greater my own sense of well-being. Very simply a  matter of perspective.




As I see it, happiness depends upon two specific criteria: 1. The Physical ( a healthy body ) and  2. Mental (attitude)….. Unless I have a physical ailment I often don’t even think about my “body” but my mind on the other hand registers everything. So, I devote more time and effort developing a “peaceful” mind.



Three traits to cultivate: LOVE, COMPASSION,and HUMILITY.


No man is an island (apology to Paul Simon) love lies at the very foundation of human existence.


Strive for COMPASSION based on reason instead of an emotional response.


I know how to be arrogant,boastful,and vain. I’ve had years of practice. Humility is just the opposite. One gains HUMILITY by being selfless instead of selfish. “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.”

I was extremely ambitious and full of anger because my ambitions were not being met. I had the diseases  of “MORE” and “SELF”.

DSC_0011 Today I define ambition as “The deep desire to live a useful life and walk humbly under the Grace of God.” ( as you may understand him) A life changing definition, at least for me.

DSC_0012 What can be done about anger and resentments? Anger is merely a secondary emotion based on FEAR and a resentment is merely a re-feeling of the anger, but I know them well.

DSC_0064 As I trudge the road of happy destiny I have found some tools to help me deal with anger. 1. The Prayer of Saint Francis specifically the first two lines;

“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love”  If I repeat those two lines a few times any anger seems to melt away. 2. The well known Serenity Prayer:
Grant me the serenity;
To accept the things I cannot change;
The courage, to change the things I can;
And the wisdom, to know the difference.“ ( I NEED ALL THE WISDOM I CAN GET)


“Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as a pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
As it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
If I surrender to His Will;
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with Him
Forever and ever in the next.”::::::::::::::In my life the greatest “growth” as a human being has occurred during times that were excruciatingly difficult.
I usually try to start and end each day with two prayers. 1. “Lord relieve me of the bondage of self so I may better do thy will.”
2. The Lords Prayer and how does it start “Our Father” which reminds me we are all brothers and sisters. (easy to forget sometimes)
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Click on the above logos to visit some great blogs with great scenes and spiritual messages. The above photos were taken at Seneca Lake in Ohio.
JOE TODD A little different kind of post for me. I hope you enjoyed the post and I appreciate you stopping by.

Remember; we are forgiven by forgiving others
Today’s special link CLICK and for a different point of view Snowbrush has written several thought provoking posts 


Ruth said...

this is truly inspiring... thank you!! I'm so glad i stopped by. happy Spiritual Sunday!!


Unknown said...

I am so glad I didn't miss this one Joe. Truly inspired writing and attitude. Thank you.

Julie Magers Soulen Photography

Anonymous said...

Hi Joe, Happy Spiritual Sunday! I'm so glad I stopped by :)

NENSA MOON said...

Hi Joe,
Thanks so much for adding me to your friend list on Blog Catalog... so I can find your interesting site.

Your post was so inspiring! I really enjoy reading it.. And the pics...all are beautiful!

Thanks for sharing all here!
happy weekend to you and your loved one.


Nikki (Sarah) said...

very inspiring....and huge.

Tammie Lee said...

lovely photos and thoughts.

SandyCarlson said...

Beautiful lessons beautifully expressed. Thank you.

Francisca said...

A very thoughtful and compassionate post, Joe. If we could all follow and truly LIVE this age-old wisdom, how wonderful and strife-free our world would be. Beautiful images to accompany your special post.

Matty said...

The photos are as inspiring as the words. Nice mix of the two.

Charlotte said...

Sounds like you have picked up a lot of insight along the road of life. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Donnie said...

Such a lovely post both words and pictures. We all benefit so much from Spiritual Sunday's. Have a blessed week.

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

I love the prayer of serendipity. I was given a plaque,but forgot where it is. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Amen Joe! Thanks for sharing some good and Godly principles :-)


Snowbrush said...

Joe, this is one of your best posts ever, and I was surprised and delighted to find that you mentioned little old me.

Lazarus said...

Very cool blog, great pictures! I just stopped by through Best Posts of the Week, pleasant surprise. Keep up the great blogging!

TONY LETTS said...

great idea to take pics of the same view in different conditions