the stories behind my smile
I have seen all manner of suffering and destruction, but much of it doesn’t need to be. From poverty, war and climate change, to depression, anxiety and family breakdown, if we were to prioritize and value those things that make us smile, instead of the somewhat distorted idea of ‘success’ these things would largely not exist. But I know it’s easier said than done, so here’s a little motivation to get you started.
Three children in Afghanistan enjoying what innocence remains despite decades of war.
He is 96 years old and blind, but for the Maasai he is the chief of their village snd the master of wisdom, which means he is seldom alone, as someone is always asking him for a story. When did such practices stop in the West and what impact has it has on our happiness?
“How you set your mind when you wake up will determine the way you feel all day, so why not set yourself to 'happy'.”
“My Mum has cancer, so I was just visiting her in Hospital.”
“What has the experience taught you?”
“To forgive. My parents weren't there for me for parts of my life, so I guess it's taught me the value of family, which means being there no matter what. It's also probably taught me not to sweat the small stuff. Those first world problems we all moan and groan about.”
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