Secret of Happiness
A Chinese tale says that once, long ago, there was a household so happy that for nine generations none of its members had left it, except the daughters that marriage had taken away.
The fame of such domestic bliss reached the ears of the emperor. He sent an envoy to discover the secret.
The old father of the house, taking paper and brush, painted many characters, then handed his answer to the imperial envoy.
When the emperor unrolled the scroll, there was written three things to exercise every day:
Patience with circumstances,
Patience with others,
Patience with ourselves.
Living in the past is a dull and lonely business, looking back strains the neck
and causes you to bump into people not going your way
To a mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders
Until you make peace with who you are, you'll never be content with what you have
There is no such thing as the pursuit of happiness but there is the discovery of joy
And silence like a poultice, comes to heal the blows of sound
Peace is when time doesn't matter as it passes by
Grace is when God gives us what we don't deserve; Mercy is when God doesn't give us what we do deserve.