13 May 2010

Cheerful Optimism

We try to inculcate in our students -- and all those with whom we interact -- a sense of cheerful optimism, as one of the "little virtues" St. Francis de Sales bequeathed to his spiritual children. Recently, we received a news magazine called, "Wellsprings of Love" from the St. Francis de Sales Family Spiritual Centre in Nairobi, Kenya. Among the different facets of Salesian Spirituality which they highlight is a segment called "The Positive Side of Life." We share here a few excerpts which give examples of the cheerful optimism of our common spiritual heritage:
  • Living on earth is expensive, but it does include a free trip around the sun every year.
  • Birthdays are good for you; the more you have, the longer you live.
  • Happiness comes through doors you didn't even know you left open.
  • People who are late are often much jollier than the people who are waiting for them.
  • We could learn a lot from crayons: some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, some have weird names, and all are different colors ... but they all exist very nicely in the same box.
  • A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

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