The Secret of Happiness

It’s rainy season in Labuan Bajo, West Flores, Indonesia.

In such a small town like this, what can you do when the rain starts to pour down heavily? One can’t escape to a shopping mall, killing time by checking out products that are shown nicely in the glass windows, tempting the customers to buy by putting some manequins with ideal body postures so that any clothes will look good on those “human-sized-Barbie-dolls” but will be too big or too small if you put them on your own body because they stich some pins behind those manequins’ bodies, or.. if one is tired of walking around in the freezing shopping mall, one can simply sit in one of the coffee shops sipping a cup of coffee which would cost him/her a fortune, just because it’s branded.

There’s no such thing in this small town. One can decide to stay at home or chill in a local restaurant. For me, I prefer to stay at home, reading a book in my bedroom, while listening some Bossanova music with the sound of the rain as the backsound. What a lovely afternoon.

And in that afternoon, I find some very nice words from the book that I’m reading read, titled “Have a Little Faith” by Mitch Albom. In one of the chapters, it discusses, “What is the secret of happiness?

And the answer is…

“Be satisfied”
“Be grateful”
“For what you have. For the love you receive. And for what God has given you”.

I smile deeply and think how true it is.

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