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 one book that stands out from all the others and has actually been around longer than any of them. The name of the book as you can see in the picture is The Sermon On The Mount by Emmet Fox published in 1932, and it doesn’t talk about creating happiness through materialistic gains, but instead explains what the key to success is in life 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 of some kind.
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 I tell myself it will. I also pray to whatever god there may be 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 that we have a destiny, I can’t think of a better one to have than that.
Providing, of course, that we’re willing to do what is needed to obtain it.