Brothers & Sisters,
What are the pillars of your very being? What can you stand up and talk about until you turn blue? What is one of the things that drive you day in and day out? Do you even know? Well, I think you should.
It should come as no surprise to anyone who reads this site regularly that the most prominent pillar for me is to live a good life. I think for many people this might come off as far too simple of a concept and from the outset, you wouldn't be wrong. But if we peel back the layers of what living a good life actually means you'll quickly realize that it's much more complicated than it seems.
For me, living a good life means making an attempt every day to be a beacon of joy and happiness for those around me. One of the best things about joy (besides the way it makes you feel) is how it affects others who feel your happiness. They'll also want that happiness in their lives. Over the past few months, I've had more than a few people ask me what it is that makes me so happy. The answer is easy: God. But it's much deeper than that right? It's really more about your approach to everything around you. I find a lot of unhappy people are thus due to their own doing. They dwell and wallow in the pig stye of their own failings instead of actively sorting out whatever it is that's got them down, learning from it and moving on towards a renewed happiness. This might sound hard to do, but it's really just actively wanting to change your mindset. If you don't want to change you can't, it's really that simple.
Embracing the good and using it to exude joy is easy. The hard and complicated part happens when life gets tough. This is when you must dig your heels in and talk your way through whatever you're going through. Don't wallow and always find the good in the bad because there's always something. The discovery process of finding good is one of the hardest things to do but with perseverance, these situations will become easier and easier. Find the things you can shed right away in a tough situation and put them aside, decide on the things that will need your brain power, organize them and go through them one by one. Once you've accomplished this you'll find that all that remains is the good seed for you to watch grow.
Everything starts with you, my friends. Joy, laughter, and peace if shared with those around you will have a massive impact. You don't need to believe in God to make this kind of change in your life (although it's a great bonus!) but you just have to allow yourself to empty the sorrow and fill with grace.