Some people believe we’re put on a path at birth that leads to our destiny, and while I try to believe we are here for a reason, I also know I had something to do with creating my path in life, especially in my sobriety.
Many books have been written about having the power to create our lives the way we want them to be. Most of them basically claim that we can create greater happiness by getting everything we want in life, like fame and fortune, extravagant homes, and other material things. One book even professes that nothing is impossible, and whatever we can dream of can be ours, once we know the “secret.” However, there is a book that stands out as a little different and one that was around long before any of the other ones. The name of it is Sermon on the Mount by Emmet Fox published in 1932, and it doesn’t talk about creating happiness through materialistic gains. Instead, it explains what the key to success in life is and how we can obtain greater happiness.
My happiness came about through a continual striving for personal and spiritual growth, but I will say I was fortunate to find this book at a time when I didn’t have a lot of faith in myself or a god.
Fortunately today whenever doubts creep in about my future and my ability to create it the way I would like it to be, I try to believe as hard as I can that everything will be all right and tell myself it will. I also pray to whatever god there is for help, and if needed, I talk to someone about my fears. Finally, I remind myself that success in life isn’t just having wealth and material things to make us happy, but having the kind of happiness that these things can’t bring, which is true happiness.
I define true happiness as loving ourselves enough to be happy with who we are, and if it is true we have a destiny, I can’t think of better one to have. Providing, of course, that we’re willing to do what is needed to obtain it.