The Glad Game…


“Five enemies of peace inhabit with us/ avarice, ambition, envy, anger and pride; if these were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace.”
Francesco Petrarch ( Italian scholar)
Humans are by nature competitive souls, often jealous of their fellow beings. Too many people concentrate on what others have instead of appreciating and enjoying what they themselves have. Ambition can be a healthy thing but sometimes it becomes a driving force that ploughs down everything in its path. Success may come, but often achieved at a very high cost, making it a hollow celebration. I have taught my kids to appreciate life even when it’s not perfect. Happiness is not fulfilment of what we wish for, but an appreciation of what we have. I taught them at a very young age to play the “glad game”, in which the goal is to find something in every situation to be glad about. This comes from one of my favourite childhood books, Pollyanna, when Pollyanna receives a pair of crutches for Christmas instead of the doll she was hoping for. Her Dad taught her to look at the bright side and be glad about the crutches because ” we don’t need to use them.” This book had a huge impact on my 8 year old brain and its philosophy is one that I have always tried to follow because generally speaking things can always be worse. When you start appreciating life, that’s when you realise how much you truly have to live for…
” The game was to just find something to be glad about no matter what ’twas… you see if you’re hunting for the glad things you sort of forget the other kind.”

Lis 🦉

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