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Of roller blades and painful tumbles (Part II)

Of roller blades and painful tumbles (Part II)

While trying to pursue our dreams, we are immobilized with the fear of falling. So we give up on them. However, we feel incomplete. Then we engage in activities that will bring total failure in the long run. These activities may seem like fun in the early stages. However, as time drags on, they lose their novelty and we find that what we had was fool's gold. Finally, we realize that we are back where we started, depressed and discontented all the more.
The solution to this dilemma is to analyze what we really want out of life. Generally, unselfish motives will make us happy, while the opposite will keep us craving for more. An appetite for acquisition will never be satiated. However, loving others and working for the world's common good brings less attention to oneself and make us realize the plight of others. In helping others in need, we inadvertently discover our blessings and make us feel "whole" again.
The secret to happiness is making other people happy. When we are so focused on our problems and what we do not have, we become self-absorbed, selfish, and covetous. When we focus on other people, we realize that we are blessed, after all.
Most people think that good people do not experience falls or setbacks. On the contrary! The people who triumph over evil are the ones who struggle the most. They experience a lot of falls, but they just keep getting up and plodding on. Those who surrender, those who fall and cannot seem to get up, need help and understanding, not condemnation and ridicule.
The secret to handling situations where we feel out of control is very simple. Just pray. This may seem strange to many who view praying as going to church or being alone in a room without any distractions. However, the simplest form of prayer is just saying, "Jesus," three times. We can call on the Holy Name of Jesus anytime, anywhere.
We can pray while washing the dishes, doing the laundry, ironing the clothes. We call on Jesus with a deep love and reverence. Many wonders are attributed to the Holy Name of Jesus. Among these is the eradication of a mysterious plague in Portugal, which threatened to wipe out the entire population. With this prayer, the sick became well, and the plague vanished.
For many of us migrants who are besieged with unhealthy thoughts, troubled with news back home, tormented and lonely, just keep repeating this simple, but very special prayer. Keeping Jesus with us all throughout the day will keep us grounded on the most important task on earth. That is, preparing for heaven. This will be our shield from all the wickedness that surrounds us.
So what will it be? Good, evil or indifference? Should we be content to wallow in self-pity and depression, or should we shake free of our shackles to soar like an eagle, live our dreams and race on with life?
This article was written about three years ago, when my son was only eight years old. He celebrates his eleventh birthday this month. Clarky Boy, have a happy birthday. Your father and siblings join me in praying for your happiness and unshakeable faith in God, always.