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from Wellspring by Anthony De Mello . . .
I set out in search of the source of happiness. I look minutely at the life of a happy person who is poor, then talk with him, attempting to discover what makes this person happy. I think of a joyful person in poor health, in physical pain, and talk again, searching for what it is that makes her joyful. I do the same with a happy person who has lost his reputation. I walk into a prison and am amazed to find a happy person even here. She tells me what it is that makes her happy. Then I observe unhappy people who are free and wealthy, powerful, respectable.
I talk to them, and as they talk to me I listen carefully to their complaints. Yesterday I had occasions to be happy that I wasn’t even conscious of. I see them now. It is inconceivable that anyone could be grateful and unhappy. I thank the Lord for each event of yesterday and notice the effect this has on me. And the things I call unpleasant, undesirable —I search for the good that comes from these … the seeds for growth they carry … and find reason to be grateful for them too. Finally I see myself moving through each portion of today in gratitude —and happiness.