Once upon a time, a widow had two sons who provided for her. One sold umbrellas; the other, fans. Every morning the mother checked the weather. Sunshine brought her misery, because no umbrellas would sell. Rain brought her misery, because no fans would sell. Both conditions caused her to fret.
One day her friend remarked, “If the sun is shining, people buy fans. If it rains, they buy umbrellas. Change your attitude; be happy!”
It’s a simple story, but it illustrates a potentially life-changing reality. Our happiness is dependent not on circumstances but on perspective. The Greek philosophy Epictetus said, “Men are disturbed not by the things which happen, but by the opinions about the things.
Helen Keller (1880-1968) wrote, “When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”
Cited in Happiness, by Randy Alcorn