Definitions: (1) having or causing a feeling of great pleasure, joy, or contentment; pleased; satisfied; delighted; (2)favored by circumstances; lucky; fortunate; (3) exactly appropriate to the occasion; suitable and clever; felicitous; apt
— The Urantia Book (48:7.10)
— Tryon Edwards (1809-1894) American Theologian
1. Don’t sweat the small stuff
2. It’s all small stuff
— George Elliot [born Mary Ann Evans] (1819-1880) English Novelist
Suggestion: Decide to be happy – sincerely and completely – in the manner of the third definition above, “exactly appropriate to the occasion.” When you are happy in this way you are truly on your way to being content.
We all want to be happy, but sometimes it seems impossible. Even when you find yourself in an unhappy state of mind, you have to move forward in time anyway, so move forward with a positive, hopeful attitude. This will partially displace your actual attitude. You will be living on two levels: the level of your practical, realistic, daily life and the level of a higher, farseeing life. As you move through the present, project your sensibility and understanding toward how you want to feel and think. Gradually you will be in that better future.
Symbols: 1) water maidens; 2) cherry blossoms; 3) a leaf (Chinese); 4) the bat (Chinese); 5) the sun (American Indian); 6) the thunderbird (American Indian)