I had a friend who had immigrated to America from an Eastern European country. Somehow he made it to our shores more than a decade before Glasnost brought down the Iron Curtain. I asked him about it once and he was very vague saying something about it taking a while and he had to go through several countries. It must have been a truly harrowing experience, to say the least, because it was one of the few times I’d ever seen his ready smile fade.
He was always happy, always had a big smile and kind word for others, no matter what kind of day he was having. In fact, he was always so cheerful that it never occurred to me that he might have had worries or struggles or bad days of his own.
A group of us were out one evening and someone asked him how he could always be so happy. He opened his arms wide and, with his trademark good humor and big smile, he said, “I’m in America. What’s not to be happy about?”
My friend passed suddenly and unexpectedly a few days ago. In his memory, no matter where you are in the world and no matter where you are in life, ask yourself “what’s not to be happy about?” Make a list of what you do have and what you can do and the progress you are making. Be glad about it and grateful for it.
Then take the next step!
You can do it!
I’m proud of you!
Your Friend and Pep Pal,