11.09.2007

I'm Happy!

Our ward's Relief Society president is a saint. She really is. She has had that calling for 3+ years and still has a smile on her face every time I see her. WhenI do, she will say, "Hi! How are you?". And when I answer, "I'm fine, how are you?" her response is always the same: "I'm happy!"

At times, that has bugged me, because who is really happy all the time? But as time has passed, I have realized that someone is - -and (you guessed it!) it's Mary, our Relief Society president. So why is she happy all the time? I think it's because she's figured out what Buddha already knew:

"Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to yourself and others." (Buddha)

If that's the criteria, then it's no wonder that Mary is happy -- everything she does is of benefit to others, and then thus to herself.
I need more of that in me.

11 comments:

100 Percent Cottam said...

mary is such a sweetheart and she is one of those happy souls, for sure! she's a great example of lots of things, for all of us! :)

Emily said...

I envy people who can truly be happy all the time. What a great way to "bee".

Mel said...

I hate happy people. Okay, not really. Hehe. I think I need to be happier more at times. People like that are amazing!

Jori said...

What a good example. I think I "seem" happy most of the time, but I can be a grumpy little beast on the inside. I really need to work on that.:)

Hacking it up said...

AMEN!!! DITTO!!! DITTO!!!

Kristi said...

Great point!! Mary really is INCREDIBLe--so happy, thoughtful and sweet. I wish I was like that, but this helps me to remember to TRY to be like that :)

And side note--you looked so cute today at Church and you were so sweet to the Primary!!

Melissa said...

I want to be one of those people who are happy all the time. I strive for this, but somedays I fall way short! Oh well, I'll just keep on keepin on!

Cammie said...

Every time I see someone that is happy all the time, I automatically think that they must be on meth or some kind of drug!

hoLLy said...

i remember mary always smiling and wished i smiled as much!

Wendy said...

i'd have to agree that Mary is a very happy person. what really gets me, is that it's genuine. you know she's not faking. i would love to be happy (and sincere) like she is. i think you've got it down, jan. You always seem to be upbeat and smiling everytime i see you!! what's your secret?

tara said...

man...that is a SKILL. Constant happines? tuff.
I love that answer to "how are you?"