I was snuggling with my 6-year-old daughter, Katy, last night. She asked me a very good question – why is everyone so sad? She went on to show me with her lips and facial expressions that the normal state for people seems to be a sad one. Why?
The intelligence behind the question, as well as her awareness, are profound. She wasn’t talking about being sad because we’re upset, but the deeper sadness that’s expressed on so many faces as the default expression.
Why are we so sad? I remember as a kid running around outside, rolling in the grass, completely out of breath, thirsty, sweaty, but absolutely loving it!
Now we can’t expect to be exuberant all the time, but why is our default expression a sad one? I see it everywhere. The elevator. The commute. The grocery store. When we make eye contact with one another we do perk up, but it’s forced, fake, and fleeting.
Why isn’t our default expression one of content, joy, peaceful, happy – or all of the above?
A friend posted on her Facebook page a quote from the Eagles that speaks to this:
So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains, and we never even know we have the key
There are thousands of approaches, answers, and additional questions to address the above question. In my journey, the primary ingredient that has always been lacking is a direct, personal relationship with God. It starts here.
With God, we see, finally, how we’re meant to live. With God, peace, happiness, joy, contentment are standard features. The world and all it’s worries and concerns are redefined. With God, we are invited to take the journey of our lives. Our default expressions are transformed. People notice something different – peace, contentment, joy.
Thanks for reading,
~ Ted Olson