One, that home is not a place, but a feeling. Wherever you are in this world, as long as you are happy and enjoying your life alone or with your partner or loved ones, you are home. Home is where the heart is, where the happiness is.
If you feel like your world is turning upside down, that the odds are not in your favor, this piece from Pope Francis may ease the pain you’re feeling and may change your view of life:
You may have defects, be anxious and sometimes live irritated, but do not forget that your life is the greatest enterprise in the world. Only you can prevent it from going into decadence. There are many that need you, admire you and love you. I would like to remind you that being happy is not having a sky without storms, or roads without accidents, or work without fatigue, or relationships without disappointments.
Being happy is finding strength in forgiveness, hope in one’s battles, security at the stage of fear, love in disagreements.
Being happy is not only to treasure the smile, but that you also reflect on the sadness.
It is not just commemorating the event, but also learning lessons in failures.
A life without sorrows is boring. A life without challenges and hardships is pointless. A life without purpose is lonely and depressing.
The challenges and hardships help us grow and become a better version of ourselves. They make us strive to live the life we want.
However, some of us break when facing them. We isolate ourselves. We build walls. We start to hate life. We start to hate the people that caused us pain. We become lonely and weak. We want to blame the others for what happened to us. Worse, some of us will turn to prohibited drugs and drinking too much alcohol, while the others sadly turned to suicide.
To pursuit happiness and have a carefree life, there are seven rules that we need to consider applying:
1. “Make peace with your past so it won’t disturb your future.”
Your past may not be nice. You may have encountered people who broke your heart. But this does not mean you cannot be happy today and tomorrow. Don’t let the past destroy your future. Deal with your past. Try acceptance. Not all things can be in your favor. You cannot please everyone. The past is the past. Move on. If you failed in the past, it does not mean you will always fail. Challenge yourself. Don’t let the past ruin your present that can lead to a more ruined future.