APC Dallas Texas Chapter President Nanette Thomas discusses happiness following President Koroma’s Cabinet Reshuffle
The curiosity of human beings has helped in the development of the human race but it has not eliminated unhappiness. We have intelligent thoughts and the ability to conquer or dominate. However, we often make ourselves suffer because of our ambitions and avarice. We always yearn to become famous and wealthy – for these reasons, we often feel unsatisfied and unhappy. We struggle to figure out what happiness really is. Sometimes even when we have everything, we hear what we want we want to hear and we have good relationships, we are still not happy. (Photo: Nanette Thomas, President APC Dallas Texas Chapter)
No matter what President Koroma does, he will not be able to satisfy everyone – none even within his extended family. How do we find true happiness? I have not found this question easy to answer, because we all know that happiness is made up of many factors in life. There is no way to find happiness unless we know how to balance our desires and values in life. That is why we can say that happiness is to be satisfied and be in harmony with one’s own self. Is this possible? How do we know we are satisfied with everything?
Why do we look for happiness while we sometimes think it is impossible to attain? This world is full of love, joy and sometimes sorrow and disappointment. Often times, some people give up, some even commit suicide because of unhappiness. How do we live and balance our being or existence so that we are most times happy? The way we feel when we are happy, even for brief moments are the critical moment we determine what happiness is.
When we survive a life and death situation we are extremely happy even if we are poor. When we are with someone we love, and we are spending time with them we seem to be happy. But if we are realistic, we know that life is not always that way. To enjoy life, we need good food to eat, nice clothes to wear, and a comfortable house where we may find protection and can rest. Yet, these are just the basics. Family, good friends and good health are important to our happiness. Besides that, we also consider the type of work and the condition under which we do it. What happens if we are always surrounded by conflicts, tensions, selfishness and/or when we are motivated by our avarice?
Certainly, sometimes we are robbed by our pleasures and lack of contentment. We stress ourselves because we are disappointed by some goals we did not achieve. Looking at failures, success and/or relationships could help us explain why many of us are not really happy. Therefore, the first thing is that if we ourselves may not feel so depressed, we can find that some happiness is possible despite our problems. It is our attitude that makes us feel happy or unhappy. It is true, we meet all kinds of situations during the day, and some of them may not be conducive to happiness. We can choose to keep thinking about the unhappy events, and we can choose to refuse to think about them, and instead, relish the happy moments. All of us constantly go through various situations and circumstances, but we do not have to let them influence our reactions and feelings.
The recent cabinet reshuffle in Sierra Leone is a case-in-point. There are some Sierra Leoneans who are very unhappy over the decision of President Koroma’s appointing of SLPP members. There are others who are very happy, to the extent of showering praises on His Excellency because they believe he has taken the right step for the good of the country. What some of us are failing to understand is that President Koroma is not an APC President, he is the President of Sierra Leone (President for APC, SLPP, PMDC, etc), it is the president’s moral obligation and responsibility to embrace all political parties and form an inclusive government – not a power sharing government. The president’s actions are consistent with transformational leadership.
It is left with us as individual Sierra Leoneans to either accept or reject his appointment offers. Whether we accept or reject his appointments it will go down in the history books of the country that President Koroma made history by offering ministerial positions to members of the opposition parties during his tenure in office. In life it is difficult to please people and make them happy. There is never a win-win situation. Whatever you do people will always grumble and condemn your actions. Many of us will continue to pray that God continues to guide, protect and bless the president with wisdom.
In conclusion, what is happiness? How can we seek happiness? This is a big topic that has fascinated the human race since the prehistoric days and would always continue to fascinate us. Why people are often depressed and unsatisfied with what they have? There is a humorous saying in English. “The grass is always greener on the other side of the valley.” The saying is used ironically to point out that there is temptation in all of us to insist that people never have satisfaction with where they are. Standing at this point of view, personally, I prefer to define that there is no way to happiness. Happiness is only the way we think. More simply, happiness is to be in harmony and satisfied with one own self or we will never be happy with others.
Nanette Thomas, President, APC Dallas Texas Chapter
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