Archive for happiness

What To Do When Harm Has Been Done?

I came across a beautiful story this week. I shared it with my current Daring Way™ group, and I just had to share with you, too, my faithful True Voices Blog readers.

It’s short, yet it really made me think. Maybe you’ll experience something similar. Enjoy. (FYI: I haven’t neutralized the gender-specific pronouns, but I’m sure you’ll see that it could apply to either gender.)

The person who shared it with me got it from Films For Action (, but beyond that, I don’t know the origin.

There’s an African tribe in which, when someone does something harmful, that person is taken to the center of the village where the whole tribe comes and surrounds him.

For two days, they will say to the man all the good things that he has done.

The tribe believes that each human being comes into the world as good, that each one of us desires only safety, love, peace, and happiness.

But sometimes, in the pursuit of these things, people make mistakes.

The community sees those mistakes as a cry for help.

They unite then to lift him, to reconnect him with his true nature, to remind him who he really is, until he fully remembers the truth of which he had been temporarily disconnected: “I am good.”

And to that I say, “Amen.”

Happy Happiness – From Me and Macy the Pit Bull

In my previous post, I talked about the United Nations International Day of Happiness. And I teased you by saying that if you’d come back, you would see what the UN has deemed the Face of Happiness. Well, now you see it. It’s the glorious face at the top of this post, the face of Macy, the pit bull!

Macy, like so many dogs in shelters, particularly pit bull mixes, was once on the PTS list. In case you don’t know, the lable of PTS means the dog (or cat) is scheduled to be put to sleep, the widely used euphemism for to be killed. Do you know just how bad the pet overpopulation has gotten? Check out what the Humane Society has to say.

But let’s get back to Macy. Fortunately for her, she was rescued by Grateful Dogs, the oldest all-breed rescue group in San Francisco. In the attempt to help Macy get adopted, photographer Jayme Heimbuch took a series of pictures of her, and Jackie Shen agreed to foster her. Of course, Jackie fell in love with Macy and eventually adopted her. This is what we gratefully call a happy ending.  But, as you now know, there’s more!

Jayme posted this picture of Macy on a stock photo site,  and somehow, in their worldwide search, that is where the UN found her. And they must have fallen in love with her, too, because her beautiful smile is now a part of the United Nations Postal Administration’s commemorative stamp collection honoring the relevance of the Happiness Campaign of the UN.

David Failor, Chief of the United Nations Postal Administration said, “Our first commemorative stamp for 2014 celebrates the United Nations proclaimed International Day of Happiness which recognizes the relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings around the world. Is there anything better than celebrating happiness?”

You can see the full Macy stamp, called “A Sweet Dog’s Muzzle,” the other five happiness photos, and even order copies, in the UN’s postal bulletin called FASCINATION.

As you enjoy this picture of Macy and the other photos chosen by the UN, I invite you to ask yourself, “What is the faces and other images of happiness to you? And how can you keep those front of mind for yourself and others?”

And I will join you in pondering the same…

Happy Happiness to us all!