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Is it OK to be happy?
IN this spiritual journey millions of us are on, I've recently heard people wonder out loud if it's OK to be happy even in these tumultuous times. To be cheerful, glad—something like a little child. To skip a bit, instead of walk. To whistle or hum to ourselves. To have a feeling that things are going to work out, that the bad stuff is not going to prevail. Is that OK?
Or, on the other hand, do you and I have a moral obligation to be melancholy? Maybe sad or heavy. Considering the world's circumstances, is that being more thoughtful of others and being more honest with ourselves?
The mail carrier who delivers to my office building said she cries on Thursdays. She has a tender heart, and loves to express it in sympathy for others. So she does it every Thursday. A lot of folks these days believe that's the more natural way to be. They feel that sustained happiness dishonors the world's suffering or is naÏve. Grievous news is in front of us constantly. If it's not a suicide bomber, a kidnapping, or some disease in the headlines, it may be a crisis in our own lives. Since 9/11, evil has been thought by many to be unavoidable.
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About the author
Tom Black is a contributing editor.
Always 'under God'
with contributions from Laurie Knights Danko, Jim Bender, Lucie Lehmann-Barclay, Susan Early, Lilli Locke, Peggy Johnsen
items of interest
with contributions from Tom Lowry, Robert Coombe, Craig Cox, Mary Pipher
From self-interest to the common good
By Kim Shippey Sentinel staff
On the way to critical mass
By Tony Lobl
Heal yourself—by helping someone else
By Rebecca Odegaard
Principle in the marketplace—progress report from Ankara
By Gloria Onyuru
Make history? Who, me?
By Beverly Goldsmith Contributing Editor
By Channing Walker
My brother—what a treasure!
By Barbara M. Vining Contributing Editor
How can you help fight the fires?
By David Graham
PRAYER ABOUT FIRES
Is it OK to be happy?
By J. Thomas Black
Disease healed when seen to be unreal
A change of heart
Prayer saves the day
To be a force for good