The Golden Egg

We all want to find the golden egg in life. Success, money, freedom to make our own choices, career, and the perfect family come to mind. Yet the golden egg of happiness in life is not dependent upon achieving societal definitions of perfection. Most often, joy may be found where we least expect it: in nature, in the eyes of a stranger, and the satisfaction that comes from helping others. In the modern world our lives are sometimes so hectic that “fun” events on the calendar become line items to be checked off as we move past them. It is then that we must choose life’s golden egg moments and hold them close for ourselves. Irving Berlin once wrote “If you're worried and you can't sleep, try counting blessings instead of sheep. And you'll fall asleep counting your blessings.” The truth is, we already possess the golden egg, and that is life itself. Talents, resources, and gifts are bestowed upon each and every person, unique abilities that no one else is blessed with. What we do with our lives matters. The Good Book, depending upon the translation, tells us, “And now there remain faith, hope, and charity, these three: but the greatest of these is charity.” With love, we bless others, and the golden egg of our lives is passed from heart to heart.

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