Are You Happy?

I have already written a post for Weekly Question early today.

I don’t know why I didn’t publish it and I dilly-dallied and decided I will do so at night. Well, who would have thought there was a reason for this.

We went to hear mass in a different church today. The people were getting a bit finicky when it was already past 15 minutes when the mass hasn’t started yet. Well, it did finally.

The homily was about being happy, feeling happy, feeling joy during this Christmas season.

The priest gave a very short homily about this topic especially about spending Christmas amidst global crisis.

He asked pointed questions: Is Christmas about the gifts? food? happy parties?

He further discussed tragedies, both personal and universal in nature that occurred before and after this special day.

Before he ended his short homily, he asked this question that I am going to ask you too:

Are you happy?

My answer:

Am I happy?

My state of happiness depends on how my family is feeling. I mean this should not always be, right, because I am entitled to feel feelings depending on MY situation. But somehow, I can’t do that, not when I am a wife and a mother, and a daughter and sister as well.

Right now, I am happy. My family is well and so are my parents. We have devised ways to spend the holidays without too much frivolity and frills.

In spite of, despite the, even if and what-have-yous the current financial downturn or global crisis of which I am affected (well, my line of work is affected) too, I still feel positive.

I know there is no other treasure nor wealth in this world that can compare to having a wonderful family.

There is this small seed of a problem that is starting to grow which involves my sibling, my parents and I but in the end, I know we will be able to accept this not as a problem but as a blessing in due time.

I may be a pessimist at times but I firmly believe that God does not give us challenges that are too big or too difficult for us to conquer. After all, didn’t I just write a few weeks ago about the different reasons why we call on God?

What about you? Are you happy?

Join me here and share your thoughts.

13 Responses to Are You Happy?

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  3. Happy New Year Teacher Julie!

    I did the last 3 before 2009, just had no time to holler ya’. Its here:


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  6. Hello T.Julie! In some ways we are the same in our answer. When it comes to the family, happy rin ako. I just have some personal issues I have to deal with to be truly happy πŸ™‚

    As usual, late na naman ako but I already posted my answer πŸ™‚

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  8. So true Miss Julie. It makes really makes me think about what i said that happiness depends on the individual and happiness can be anything that makes you feel content.

    In reality, it’s the people close to us that make us happy, isn’t it? Have a Happy Christmas with your family Miss J.

    Thank you for this question because it made me think about happiness in a different light. This is why I am happy

  9. I am, I am. πŸ™‚

  10. Everything will turn out good…that’s how life is, haven’t you notice? πŸ™‚

  11. I can relate. I find it easier to be happy when the people I love are doing well.

  12. indeed, i too believe that we wouldn’t be given challenges that we can’t handle (even if it feels impossible!). πŸ™‚

  13. Let’s always be happy! πŸ˜€

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