STOP AND THINK – Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory. (Albert Schweitzer, German-French medical missionary to Africa)
Schweitzer’s two criteria for happiness are true but may be incomplete. Ill health, indeed, can be a hindrance to continued happiness. And memories of an unhappy past can be a hindrance to present happiness. But, happiness is an attitude that must not be determined by the circumstances of life we can’t control. It is our choice to see what’s good and to pursue it.
When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness. (Ecclesiastes 7:14; 2:26)