You need two things in this world to find happiness.
Not sex, drugs or rock-n-roll.
Not otters (though they come close).
These aren’t all bad things, necessarily. They just won’t make you happy, not by themselves.
Can you guess? What two things do you need?
(I’ll give you a hint. You can haz anytime and it’s not a cheezburger).
LOVE & PURPOSE
Get this man to Heaven. That is my purpose.
Oh you know, and he is the love of my life. That helps. Amazing photography by Tim & Madie btw.
Simple, right? Certainly.
But simple doesn’t make it easy. We are complex creatures. We don’t always get it. We don’t know what we are doing.
Don’t be discouraged. These things are attainable. Do not let your heart be troubled.
Try hard to love selflessly, and know that you will be loved. In fact, you already are.
1 John 4:19 – We love, because he first loved us.
Try hard not to be overwhelmed – you do not need to do and be everything. You can’t.
Settle quietly into your heart and soul and your purpose will surface. Let other things be someone else’s purpose.
Light the fire and let it burn beautifully. Invite others to warm themselves in the glow of your purpose and take a spark to light their own path. Love not because you expect love in return but because we were loved into existence and in loving someone else, you are sharing in that gift. Love someone else because that is what they need to be truly happy.
In related news, as you’ve probably surmised by now, my man and I were recently married. Waxing more on this thought, I think that’s what I love about legit heartfelt Catholic weddings. It’s not the trappings or the cupcakes (though they are quite delicious), but it’s the whole beautiful thing. It’s the small snippet of each of these disparate lives, coming together to celebrate the union of two into one, a promise of everlasting devotion and special graces from God.
My husband, my family. They help me find my purpose. They show me love. This wasn’t a party. This was a celebration of a new life as one. Forever. No matter where our journey takes us, our purpose will be intertwined. This was also a coming together of our extended family, to say thank you, to say, I’m glad you’re with me. Which is not to say that you can only find happiness the way that I did. That’s not it at all.
Find that fire. Something that makes you get out of bed grinning deep down in your soul (even if you wake up grumpy and frowny-faced).
Spread the love. Everyone deserves to be loved and you can give that to them.
I don’t know what your journey or your life will look like, but you can be happy in the deepest most fully alive sense of the word.