The most important things in life aren't things.I was reminded of what matters most—people. Our relationships with friends and family are the building blocks of happiness.
|Smile! There are plenty of reasons to be happy.|
The problem with this kind of thinking is that material things cannot satisfy our search for happiness. We ought to think more about what really makes us happy—our relationships with others.
Felice Mancini expressed this idea in the beautiful poem, Sometimes, set to music by her father and sung by the incomparable Karen Carpenter.
Not often enough,
We reflect upon the good things;
And those thoughts always center around those we love.
And I think about those people
Who mean so much to me,
And for so many years have made me
So very happy;
And I count the times I have forgotten to say,
And just how much I love them.
Among the people that matter most in my life is my Savior, Jesus Christ. He suffered for my sins and provided for me a way to repent and be forgiven. He loves me unconditionally and is anxious for me to be happy. He wants those same things for you, too.
As we think more about Jesus Christ, our Father in Heaven, our family and our friends—the people who really matter—we will gain a fresh outlook on life. We won't be sorry for what we don't have and what we can't do. We will instead be grateful for what we do have and what we are capable of doing.