Quite often we need to see someone else act on / in it, to see it!
There was a wonderful story on the news circuit yesterday about a young manager of a Dairy Queen store ( Read the story in the Huffington Post ). Of course I read and watched the interview, and to be honest I had tears in my eyes.
When you see it on paper, it doesn't seem that special because what he did, should have been done in any case. But alas, more often than not, most of us don't. A sad reflection on our society at large. Maybe that explains the extreme importance paid to this particular story.
A young man who acted on his principles and showed courage and conviction beyond what we would have expected. An example to all of us. What struck me when they interviewed him, is that he sort of glowed with an inner happiness.
Living by the code of " treat others like you want to be treated " can do that. We all have had situations where we could ( and maybe have ) gone against what is right. Yes, at times it is jolly difficult to do the right thing.
But how satisfying when you do. When you don't worry about how others might see or judge you, that is a major step towards inner peace and happiness.
Just as in the world of business where the winner is often the one swimming upstream or going against the crowd, in the world of True Happiness, listening to your inner compass, doing what you know is the right while going against the crowd, leads to what I imagine is a state of True Happiness...
...There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy. By being happy we sow anonymous benefits upon the world...ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSONThe Novels of R.L. Stevenson (Complete Collection, 13 Novels) - Treasure Island, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Black Arrow, Kidnapped, ... of Ballantrae, The Wrong Box and others