People are the universe’s great mystery. You think you know someone inside and out, yet somehow, they still do things that make you question if you know them at all. This ambiguity is one of the reasons that faith is essential to human happiness. Faith doesn’t only mean religious faith. Faith can be hope. If you believe that life can improve and you have the willingness to work at it, you have all you need to be happy. Looking outward for fulfillment and joy often leads only to heartbreak. In order to remain happy and satisfied long-term, you must look inward. Find what you believe in, your passion, and your morals then live by them. Realize that getting caught up in Instant gratification gets you nowhere. Anything worth having in life takes hard work and time. It takes faith to realize that even though things are difficult, they are rewarding, and once you make it through to the other side, you have a sense of unparallel pride and accomplishment like the feeling you have on graduation day or when you cross the finish line. You can’t expect to have the ultimate reward of happiness if you depend on others. You have to fight and struggle and put in hard work to push through the pain. It isn’t anyone else’s responsibility to make you happy. You have to find happiness yourself, and the only way to find it is through hard work and faith. Benjamin Franklin embodies this philosophy. He put it in essence when he wrote in Poor Richard’s Almanac, “Work as if you were to live a hundred years. Pray as if you were to die tomorrow.”
Author: Amaya B.
- Franklin, Benjamin, Poor Richard’s Alamanac.