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One day I unlocked the mystery of happiness. I remember being provoked and my endurance stressed beyond any human self-control mechanism but instead of flaring up, I actually started smiling to myself and chuckling. It didn’t make sense at first why I was smiling. In fact I didn’t even know. But after some time a consciousness awoke in me. I knew I was hurt but despite being hurt I was still happy. It was like I was overwhelmed with a sensation of inner bliss, satisfaction, a feeling of fulfillment; an endless tickle that sent currents running through my veins. Yes, I did smile, I was happy because I chose to be, and that was when I realized that happiness comes from within.
You don’t have to search anywhere for happiness, all you ever need to do is to look inside you. Within you are sparks of excitement, like a hormone. It is like a gland in your blood that can be triggered off by external agents. The good news is it doesn’t rely wholly on external agents; it can be triggered off internally. This (I’d like to refer to it as a hormone) is what makes you see the world differently. It is what gives your heart a leap. It brings refreshing ambiance to you. It lets off your worries and makes you strong in the face of adversity. It is what brews confidence inside you. It keeps you bold and shining. It gives your life a meaning. It fills your whole being with stirring passion that you can reach for the skies. It helps you understand life better and deal with difficult situations. It is what helps you find beauty in everything around you. It makes life less complicated than it really is to you. You just need to fan those little sparks to flames of happiness. It is right within you.
Come on, you’ve got every reason to be happy. Look around you, I’ll bet you find, in all the chaos, turbulence, problems and bad conditions that might fill your life, you’ll see hope, something to live for, something to keep you going. You don’t need to be wealthy to be happy. No! Believe me a pauper who is happy is better than a rich man who doesn’t know the secret of happiness. Do not allow people, problems and circumstances dictate to you when, where and why to be happy. Appreciate life! Be grateful! Be thankful! Make yourself a fountain of happiness and happiness will never depart from your abode. A giver never lacks what he gives. Let’s cook happiness!
Life is the definition we give to it. And so like everything else, failure is the definition you give to it. Failure could be a stepping stone to one’s goals if you perceive it to be, it could also be your final bus stop in life if you perceive it to be so. The Bible caps it all when it said, “As a man thinks, so is he.” Your perception as to what failure is determines how far you can go in life. No man is born to be a failure rather failure is, as Henry Ford puts it, an opportunity to more intelligently start afresh. A man is not a failure because he tried and failed, but because he stopped trying. Ask any great man, and he will tell you how many times he failed before finally hitting the jackpot. Thomas Edison failed so many times while trying to invent what we now know as light bulb, an invention that changed the course of mankind forever. It took him moments of trying and failing before he finally got it right. Our Saviour, Jesus Christ gave us a perfect example when he was being crucified on the cross, as in flesh, he cried out, “Father, why have you forsaken me,” but on a second pause, still prayed, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” A few moments after that his glorification came, he fulfilled his mission on earth and then received the crown of life from the Almighty.
Given the right approach, there are underlying fortunes in failing. And so in this intriguing book, “The Fortune in Failing”, the seasoned author expertly explains what failure is all about, the right approach to failure and of course the fortunes embedded in failing. Read on to decode the message of failing which he tried to convey in this book. Maybe you’ve failed at something and you think it’s over, that nothing else can be done. This book is a required elixir to gain your confidence back and help you unlock the benefits of failing. A line from Uzoma Ezeson, “The zenith is just a little farther from the nadir”.