There is a journey all of us should take, but don’t. It’s a journey of self-discovery, from the inside-out, one that involves pleasant reading through passages that enable you to reflect on where you are and to imagine new possibilities for yourself. As you proceed through the voyage you will be headed in the right direction in becoming a better person and to cope in a fast-paced world laden with seemingly overwhelming problems.
Before we go further, the journey is found in the workbook Finding Happiness in America, and 100% of all proceeds go directly to “Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Erie, Sandusky and Seneca County” in Ohio. That’s right…100%. Years ago, I helped create a BBBS chapter in Sandusky County, Ohio. With the wonderful contributions from Whirlpool Corporation, it grew quickly and I witnessed many children find happiness when they were matched up with adult mentors. Now, in my retirement, I plan to support the BBBS chapter that serves Erie, Sandusky and Seneca counties in Ohio.
I’ve learned many useful tactics and broad strategies that make it easier to find happiness in times of despondency, but I can’t take total credit for them. Why? Because I’m merely reiterating the lessons learned from the many children, teens, college students, parents, friends, and educators I’ve counseled and supported over the past 34 years. If you’re willing to take this journey to find happiness, you’ll discover it avoids using a cookbook approach to improving your life. As you journey through the passages, you will feel as if you’re on a personal journey that empowers you to face and conquer the trials and tribulations in your life.
So, come on and join me in this passage to happiness…and help support BBBS, too! You will walk through a learning landscape concerning the issues you face. Whether your story involves family, parenting, educational, life in general, social or personal dilemmas, you will experience similar chronicles of others and the healing and self-improvement they acquired in times of strife. I enjoy one of Helen Keller’s sayings, “Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.”
You are bestowed with only one tongue, but with two ears and two eyes. Since we’re all designed to learn and grow through listening and observing, maybe we should “hear” and “see” twice as much as we speak. As you go through your personal journey, listen closely to the chronicles of others, then respond well in the activities and exercises that follow. If you listen and reply well, you will achieve the highest perfection in the art of self-improvement and in mending things in your life that need mending.
Over the past 34 years, I’ve listened to others…attentively…reflectively. I took note of the surface content of what they said, but also “listened” to the feelings behind their words, to the deeper substance of what they had to say. Every person I’ve listened to knows more about something than I do and I intend to convey their insights and lessons of life to you. Yes, indeed, it was Socrates who learned centuries ago, before the birth of Christ, that Nature has given us two ears, two eyes, but only one tongue, and to that end we should hear and see more than we speak.
By actively listening applying the Finding Happiness in America process, I empowered many to unearth inner strengths which they never imagined existed! I want to do the same for you. Begin the journey of inspiration and ideas, one where you will gain insight into ways to improve your life…and the lives of those around you.
Robert Morton, M.Ed., Ed.S. is retired from his positions of school psychologist and adjunct professor in the School of Leadership & Policy Studies at Bowling Green State University. He is author of the book “Finding Happiness in America” and donates 100% of the book’s proceeds to BBBS of Erie, Sandusky and Seneca counties in Ohio.