47 What it is to be happy Message from Pope Francis
“You can have shortcomings, be anxious and live irritated sometimes, but do not forget that you are the biggest job in the world.
Only you can prevent it from going into decline. Many appreciate you, admire you and love you.
I would like you to remember that being happy is not having a sky without storms, a road without accidents, jobs without fatigue, relationships without disappointments.
To be happy is to find strength in forgiveness, hope in battles, security in the box of fear, and love in disagreements.
Being happy is not only to value the smile but also to reflect on the sadness.
It is not just to commemorate success, but to learn lessons in failures.
It is not just to have joy with the applause, but to have joy in anonymity.
To be happy is to recognize that life is worth living, despite all the challenges, misunderstandings, and periods of crisis.
Being happy is not the fate of destiny, but a conquest for those who know how to travel within their being.
To be happy is to stop being a victim of problems and become an actor in one’s history.
It is to cross deserts outside of itself but to be able to find an oasis in the recesses of our soul.
It is to thank God every morning for the miracle of life.
Being happy is not being afraid of one’s feelings.
It knows how to talk about yourself. It dares to hear a “no.”
It is to have security to receive criticism, even if it is unfair.
It is to kiss the children, to pamper the parents, to have poetic moments with friends, even though they hurt us.
To be happy is to let live the free, happy and simple creature that lives within each one of us.
It has the maturity to say * ‘I was wrong’ *. It dares to say * ‘forgive me’ *.
It has a sensitivity to express * ‘I need you’ *.
It can say * ‘I love you’ *.
May your life become a garden of opportunities to be happy …
That in your springs you are a lover of joy.
In your winter you are a friend of wisdom.
And when you make mistakes on the way, you start all over again.
Well, that way you will be more passionate about life.
And you will discover that being happy is not having a perfect life.
But use tears to water tolerance.
Use the losses to refine the patience.
Use the flaws to sculpt serenity.
Use pain lapping pleasure.
Use the obstacles to open the windows of intelligence.
Never give up…
Never give up on the people you love.
Never give up being happy, because life is a must see! “