Rules of Happiness #9 – Appreciate Both Sides of the Coin – January 14 Devotions
I’ve often heard adages such as balance is the key to life and moderation in everything. These seem to suggest that too much of anything is off balance and could have less than ideal effects. As a case in point, last night–the night before another huge jackpot drawing, this time for nearly $1.6 BILLION–my hubby found an article about eight previous winners of multi-million dollar jackpots who spent or lost it all, in one way or another. It’s hard to imagine how that could happen, but it seems to suggest such instant wealth is often too much for some people to handle. On the other hand, some winners have successfully gone from “rags to riches,” and after living a very frugal lifestyle, have used their newfound wealth to pay off debts (their own and others’ debts), and to donate to or establish charitable foundations. It would seem THOSE people understand what it’s like to live on “both sides of the track” and they literally appreciate “both sides of the coin.”
So far we have covered eight of Karl Moore’s Rules of Happiness:
In case you have missed any, here they are:
Now here’s today’s rule of happiness…
Rule #9 – Appreciate Both Sides of the Coin
“The truth is that in order for you to experience true happiness in your life, you must experience sadness.
Without sadness, we really can’t even understand what happiness is. Just enjoy and embrace all your life adventures.
And when seemingly negative things happen, remember that it’s just the duality of life.
It’s just the other side of the coin. It’s required. It’s part of the equation.” –Karl Moore
“You don’t know when you’ve hit a peak
until you’re coming down.
And you don’t know when you’ve hit a trough
until you’re climbing out.
It’s all good.”
– David Brent
This rule of happiness made me do a lot of thinking, because I wasn’t sure if I agreed with it, at first. But the more I pondered it, I recalled many examples demonstrating the rule, such as my previous difficult marriage compared to my current pleasant one (coming up on our 10th anniversary!), and the pain in my thumb prior to surgery last year compared to lack of pain and greater mobility now.
So what are YOUR thoughts?
Do you agree with this rule of happiness? Have you experienced “both sides of the coin” and has it made you appreciate the positive side even more?